Day 146: Luckily I went for a run
Luckily I went for a run yesterday lunchtime, as my planned new adventure was cancelled!
I was really looking forward to it, and really looking forward to telling you all about it whether it was a success or failure it would have been an excellent thing to write about. But now I am going to have to wait until next week!
Ok…I’ll tell you what it was…but it will spoil the surprise…
I found an adults gymnastics class! I was hoping it was going to be awesome, I loved gymnastics as a kid / teenager and was hopping to channel my inner Olga Korbut and not fall on my head too many times! But when we arrived, the coach had pulled a muscle in his arm so the class was cancelled and we got told off for not looking at the website before we came… I remain undeterred however and will try again nest week.
So about this run…I didn’t really feel like it, but I felt I was getting out of the habit and needed to do a lunchtime run to remind myself they are not so bad…
and I am so glad I did 😀
I was playing around with different speeds on the run, in the process, I discovered that I have different speeds 😀 which is nice to know.
the first part of the run by the river was done as constant running , well as constant as I get… Ok…I walked once for about 30s and stopped once because I got looked at by a dog. But it was fairly constant.
Once I got back to the road section of my route I decided to do something I have been thinking about for a while, I tried some sprint (ish) intervals. I have heard good things about this interval training and varying speeds on runs so I thought I would give it a go!
So I did a thing that a friend of min called lamp-posting…no, it doesn’t involve standing about underneath one :-p
starting at a lamp-post, I then ran slowly to the next lamp post, sprinted to the next one, then ran slowly to the next one, then sprinted…I had to walk between some, but I am pleased that I managed to jog, sprint, jog without walking in between…
I have to say, it definitely got the heart-rate up and it surprised me that the slower running (my normal speed) felt easier after a sprint(ish)
It added some new interest to my running, I think I will try it in a slightly more organised manner next time, rather than winging it like this time 🙂
The other thing I liked about this run was the visual ques for starting and stopping my intervals, it seemed to work better than waiting for an audio prompt. I can’t quite explain why, but it felt freer. It only works well in a place with lamp posts, trees can be a little variable in their spacing…
so, in an unexpected way…
Day 146 complete 😀