Week 6: The best goals are agile and shift according to bad weather and illness
This week Louise met up with Team Vhi-Herald's Karla Bohan to find out how she has been getting on with her training for the 2015 Vhi Women's Mini Marathon.
Karla, who is following the Walker plan, is making great progress with her training and has already built up to a 6.5km walk, which means she's well on track to completing her first Vhi Women's Mini Marathon in a time that she can be proud of.
When we last spoke, Karla was walking up to 5km around three times a week. She did this in about an hour. Although she was feeling good she wasn't being overly challenged by the workout. I encouraged Karla to concentrate on increasing her pace slightly and trying to cover a longer distance in the hour - a busy mum of two young children means her schedule is tight so this is the maximum amount of time that she can dedicate to her training for now.
By the beginning of March Karla had stepped things up a gear and managed to complete just over 6.5km in 60 minutes. She said she was "slightly breathless" at times but "enjoyed the new challenge and felt amazing".
Unfortunately Karla's training was slightly impeded after that as she caught a cold and felt a bit run down. She still managed a few 3km brisk walks and now is feeling better. Her latest walk saw her covering almost 6.5km in an hour, an impressive pace on its own, but when I found out she was pushing a buggy and contending with strong winds I was even more impressed!
I am delighted that Karla didn't get too discouraged when she felt sick. There is no doubt you will face some obstacles on the journey towards the 2015 Vhi Women's Mini Marathon whether it's an illness, a holiday or just lack of motivation.
The best approach, however, is to pick yourself back up and get out there. The hard work is being put in now and this is when your base level fitness develops/improves. You will see the benefits over the next 10 weeks.
Karla is currently walking a loop of a nearby park and although some may find this repetitive, for Karla it is fine as walking on the streets may slow down her pace (with stops at traffic lights, crossing roads etc). She hasn't really used the treadmill at home since, as she finds being outside more motivating which I agree with, although she is happy to have the option of doing her workout at home if needs be.
So Karla's goal for the next week is to get up to 7km on one of her three walks and to keep up the great work.
Each week, expert coaching and nutrition advice will be provided by the Vhi Support Team David Gillick and Louise Heraghty. Enter online at www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie, download the Vhi WMM 2015 App today, pick a programme and join us on the journey to the start line on June 1.