Yesterday, I did a little run on the treadmill at the gym. I did more stuff after the run, but the run was good. I ran for 6 minutes, and I ran a mile. It was a tough run, but I felt I could do better, but that's the fastest I've ever ran. I ran a mile in 6 minutes. I was ecstatic after and I felt great. That was my main focus for the gym, that was my intention for going yesterday, and I smashed it. I also was on the cross trainer for about 25 minutes, and then did a circuit which was tough and good.
I've been slowly getting faster in running each time I've stepped on the treadmill, the last few weeks have been a focus on getting my overall speed better, and hoping that'll have an impact on my 5km time, and then longer term endurance too. My 5km time is less than 25 minutes now, but it started from trying to prove that I thought I had ran 1.5km in 6 minutes, and having managed that a few weeks ago, I was interested to see how fast I could run for 6 minutes. 2 weeks ago I wasn't anticipating hitting that 6 minute mile so soon, but I believed I could within a few weeks.
My training routine is probably more relaxed than people would think it'd be. The first 2 weeks I ran for 6 minutes, just trying to get to that 1.5km, then followed it up with a 25 minute session on the stepping machine for one day. I did boxercise another day, just boxercise, then on Fridays I'd get to the gym, run for 20-25 minutes, and then do boxercise. That's it. I try to eat well, and don't drink, and I believe drinking is so detrimental to exercise improvements that to anyone looking to get into shape I'll always suggest dropping it first or making people aware of how it'll affect what you're looking to accomplish. Once I got past the step machine time I used the cross trainer, and then did a weights circuit, or a general exercise circuit with bodyweight exercises.
I kept mixing it up, and boxercise is never the same, so variety is the name of the game in my training. The only thing I really keep consistent in it is weighted jump squats, and I'm currently breezing through 10 loaded with a 15kg sand bag, but that's the largest sand bag that's available. I was considering getting a weighted vest, but I don't know what I'd do with it once I leave, so I've kept putting off purchasing it, but I think that'd be a sensible next step to increase the intensity of exercise.
Anyway, I went on a bit of a rant. All this came from wanting to run 1.5km in 6 minutes, then I just wanted to run fast. I believed I could do it, and made gradual improvements, and kept pushing myself. I think I can run fast, I know I can, so I'm going to try that, but I want to try a longer run at higher speed than I used to go, aim for that 5km in 20minutes. Try and smash things out this year that I've never achieved before.
Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites!