Murphy Runs Column: 3 running goals during downtime

MK has become a runner’s paradise thanks to its amazing network of parks and Redways. Local blogger Murphy Runs explains how you can use this time, where there are no races, to rediscover the love of running.

Welcome back, happy runners! I hope you are all continuing to run safely.

Last month, I spoke about what it’s like to run a marathon. Since then, things have dramatically changed, with many races cancelled or postponed.

We’ve all spent weeks training and I know it can feel a little deflating. Personally, I was due to run the Manchester Marathon on 5th April.

However, every cloud has a silver lining and with no races or Park Runs in sight, we can focus on ‘the love of running’ rather than any race pressures.

Use this downtime to rediscover exactly why you love running – whether that’s an addiction to the ‘runners high’ or the thrill of getting a run in before the rest of the world wakes up.

I’ve been loving shorter, faster runs as I find they give me a much needed energy boost. However, if you’re still aching for a running related goal, here are 3 challenges for you to try:

One mile time trial

My coach, MK-based Clean Coach Katie, set us a goal of running our fastest mile and then trying to beat it in a month’s time. I think this is a great way to keep focused over the next few weeks.

Beat Britney Spears in the 100m distance

The best thing to happen during social-distancing is Britney Spears’ claim that she ran 100 metres in 5.97 seconds. To put that into perspective, that’s faster than Usain Bolt’s world record of 9.58 seconds. Tag me in your attempt to ‘beat Britney’ on Instagram (@murphyruns).

Yoga for runners

As runners, we love to boast about how little we stretch, am I right? I am not a Yogi, but I have discovered 7-20 minute videos by ‘Yoga with Adriene’ on YouTube, specifically for runners.

With less time pressures, see if you can make this part of your new routine. If you’re struggling to get outside to run, you could try any of these in your garden! Stay running, stay active, stay home!

Follow Anastasia’s running adventures on Instagram @MurphyRuns

This feature was published in the May/June 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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