30 by 30 six month update


I cannot believe that I am already six months into my 30 by 30 Challenge (#30by30).

When I set out to achieve running 30kms by my 30’th birthday, I started full of energy and motivation. 182 days later, I still have lots of energy and motivation but this hasn’t been the case for most of my journey so far. There were weeks when I couldn’t run at all due to my husband being away. There were weeks when I could run, but didn’t due to a lack of motivation.

30by30...One very fine awkward shot of me pre run

My last six months has not been a linear journey. I have had ups and downs consisting of great runs, terrible runs, runs where I gave up 1km in, other runs when I ran my little heart (and head) out for hours, runs where I ate far too much, runs where I drank far too little, and runs where I ran my personal best in either distance, time, or in mental strength.

Thanks to Strava I have been measuring my progress: my distance, time, calories, splits, whether I beat my previous times, how much running I’ve done in a month and whether I have run segments, has all been documented. I, unfortunately, cannot provide you with a map of my runs (you could then workout where I live and that would be totally weird), but I can provide you with everything else.

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the view on my run

Below you will find my progress, the lessons I’ve learnt, the products I’ve been using and a few pics from my runs

My Progress:

I officially started 30by30 in July. You can see in this graph the peaks and troughs I’ve experienced in this time.

Click HERE or on the image for a more detailed outline of my 30by30 progress


Summary of progress:

June 2014 – I start walking more

July – Officially commenced 30by30. I started strong and ran my first 10km at 6:39/km pace by the end of this month

August – Hubby was away so training decreased. Ran only three runs this month. Achieved a 13km, then a 14.5km at a 7:02:km pace, then a 17.6km at 7:17/km pace (meaning I was running for 2hrs with no nutrition. Many lessons learnt this month.

September – I begin to lose motivation. I’m run four times this week – two in one week, two in the following week.

October – Motivation is continuing to lag. Running five times this month but achieve very little. Pace decreases and distance decreases.

November – Run 5 times this month but achieving little. Still struggling mentally. Towards the end of this month I ask for help. I read books, and hubby sets me a training schedule. I end this month with a 6.2km run at a 6:20/km pace. Happy with this.

December – My best month yet with over 50 running hours. I run 9 times and achieve great results. My 5km pace is getting much faster. I run a solid 1okm run. I end December running a 17km run at a cracking 6:31/pace (which used to be my 5km pace).

January 2015- I start the new year with a bang! I run a solid 5km around the TAN and by the end of week 1 I achieve my sub 3omin 5km by a whole 1:30mins. Pace was 5:44/km – fastest yet!

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Fountain – Lake Burley Griffin

Lessons over the last six months (in time each of these will become blog pieces of their own, so keep an eye out):

  • Charge phone night before so it doesn’t run out of battery!photo 2
  • Download two kickarse music playlists – one with high beats per minute and the other with big ballads for those long distances
  • Cut toenails before each run
  • Run early in the morning or after work (before dinner) on a cool night
  • Surround yourself with things that motivate you – songs, quotes, podcasts
  • Visualise your run before you do it
  • Develop a strong mind (i.e. a tool box of motivation that you can open when running)
  • Wear a bra that won’t break 5km into a 17km run
  • Ensure adequate nutrition prior, during and after race
  • Eat within twenty minutes of running (learnt this the hard way!)
  • Chaffing – blah! Put Body Glide (or vaseline) on skin where underwire bra sits (or anywhere else it stings)


Products used:

  • ASICS running shoes (but any reputable brand will do – don’t run in Nikes)
  • LuLu Lemon tights or shorts
  • LuLu Lemon running top
  • HeadSweats Visor
  • Garmin / Polar Heart Rate Monitor
  • Scales (to measure weight pre and post race to ensure adequate hydration)
  • Measure your runs through Strava

Wish me luck for the second half of this amazing journey! I will keep you posted…

Lauren x

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