Category Archives: Training Plan

Information Overload

Since starting out on my mission, I have gathered a lot of information about running, exercise, healthy eating and numerous other bits and bobs. However, the problem is, putting them all into practice simultaneously is difficult! This post is as much for me as anyone reading. Here I will try to bring together everything which I have learned….

Starting out in Running

15 steps to kick off your running journey, or check out the FAQ‘s for some other answers! Find some of the terminology and get to know your new world.

The Importance of Friends

Friends are important to keep you committed, why not use exercise to make some new ones?

Make Your Workout Work For You

Don’t waste time in the gym, make every second count! An effective warmup can make or break your workout. How you run can make your workout more efficient and let you get the distance or time which you are looking for. Sports drinks and water both have their benefits when working out, choose the best for you. Running in the heat of summer isn’t great, so find a way to keep up your programme without too much pain!

Activate Your Superpower

Why not switch on beast mode during exercise (or any other part of your life), and always succeed! Also, find your alter ego, the superhero inside, and channel their powers!

Weight Training

By increasing muscle density you can increase calorific burn. Read my guide over two parts for a quick how to!

Exercise Soundtrack

There are many places claiming to have the perfect soundtrack – build your own! Listen to some of my own tunes or find inspiration for your own.

Rewards

Earndit is a great place to earn rewards for exercise, pulling data from many different apps!

Workout Planning

Many ways to find the perfect workout! Get smart and figure out how your body works to get the most out of your workout. Find a way which you believe will help you reach your goal, and follow your own method, it will work!

Keep Your Chin Up

Remember why you want to succeed, and stick to it. Also realise that exercise helps you mentally! For those times that it seems that little bit too far, just find something which helps you out of the rut. Find the motivation to get up and out and exercise! Once you have that motivation, keep your eye on the prize and use those around you as even more stimulus to succeed. Find your own personal hero as a guide to success. Beat your own laziness, as it is easily found within all of us.

Healthy Eating

Changing the way you eat involves lots of steps, and also lots of slips. Find a way to make those changes work for you. Choose a plan and stick to it, whether it is paleo or just healthy eating, faddy diets do not work, so choose something sustainable!

Bling Hunters

Finishers medals are a huge point of contention in the running community, where do you stand?

I have posted on a few other topics, have a look around and see if there is anything which takes your fancy! If there is anything you would like me to blog on, let me know in the comments and I will do my best!

Running Playlist

Running to music is nice. Simply put, I can put my earphones in, relax and let the world drift away as I push myself. Whether it be outdoor or on the treadmill, I can let the issues of the world drift by. Reading this from racingtheshore has made me look again at my playlist.

My eclectic mix of 305 tracks across different genres gives me plenty of variety, working with me to keep me plodding on.

A few tunes which are worth considering:

These are obviously just a few of my tunes, but if you find yourself skipping faster than you are running, why not take some time to change your playlist, have a look at some other things, if not your usual taste, a change may be suitable for you!

Songs to Add to Your Running Playlist | racingtheshore.

The Masterplan – How I will do it.

I do have a masterplan for my training. Despite my thoughts being very passion driven and seemingly all over the place, I am quite a stringent person. With that in mind, my nature and my obsession with all things tech has led me down the road of using “Apps” to help me on my journey.

Allow me to regale you with my choices.

10K Free

To start off with, the bread and butter of the situation, the 10K free app by Zen Labs. The app will run and tell you when to change pace, what to etc. I however, don’t use it for that. A glance at the workout profile before I start means that I can limit the amount of audible bells and whistles, meaning I can listen to my music in peace (or otherwise – more to come). Overall the app does what I need it to do. Having looked ahead, I am not entirely sure how well it will do me in the later stages, but I will update if I change.

Endomondo

This app is available in a variety of flavours – Free, Pro and Premium. I have opted for Pro, as some of the toys suit me and what I want to get from the statistics output. With this app, you can set it off and use GPS to track your run, you can manually update any other exercise (swimming, elliptical etc.), can connect to Facebook and add friends, join challenges, plan routes, see real-world events, and most importantly (to me anyway!) – view statistics of your exercises, including distance, calories, time, speed and much more. For a scientist and statistician like me, this is bread and butter and avoids the need for a huge spreadsheet.

Zombies, Run!

This is a strange app. Born from a Kickstarter campaign, the premise of the app brings exercise and gaming together. Always one for a quirk, I have tried the app and really enjoy it! You are “Runner 5” in a post apocalyptic base. Your job is to run out for supplies, and return safely, avoiding Zombies on the way. Listening to the recorded stories, punctuated by your playlist, you can really get a feel for the environment, with voices piped through different earbuds, the voice acting really adds to the sense of drama. The app can use GPS or the accelerometer (Beta) to record your distance and map your run (GPS only). I just use this for the audio, as it really does make the time disappear.

Music

The music I run to is an eclectic mix of classical, rap, metal, pop, jazz, ballads and electro. Each song is selected for a specific reason, whether is is fast, good to cool down to, has a strong beat for footfall, or is just a good song. My playlist is 305 songs, which at 3 minutes 30 per song, is 17 hours 45 minutes long. I have no intention of ever running for that length of time, but I am confident that each time I play my music, I will get a different mix of tracks. Keeping it fresh and a surprise keeps me plodding on. There are hundreds of websites claiming to carry the “Perfect Running Playlist“, but it is vital for each person to select their own music. I like Zombies, Run! because it includes music and speech. For some, trance music is the only way to go, for others, Mozart, and others, a simple Audiobook. Don’t be afraid of experimenting, and playing with what works for you. If you run better to music, get on Youtube with a list of other peoples’ playlists and work through. A perfect example of experimenting is the hardest track from Guitar Hero – Through The Fire And Flames. Definitely gets the blood pumping!