The ongoing saga of running…
Well the saga of me running anyway. I am sure running itself doesn’t have any sagas, and if it does it is not really for me to say. Not even for me to speculate really. Consequently I am going to tell you the story of me and running.
If you have been here a while you will know this story, it is cyclic and somewhat repetitive…the basic saga goes like this:
I start running, I get better at running, I continue running and sign up for some races. I do races, I realise I hate races. I may or may not start hating running during this time. I realise running is hard and I am not getting better any more, I convince myself that this is because I am better at other things / i like other things more so I stop running.
then I don’t run for ages. I remember running makes me dance better, so I start running and the whole saga begins again.
In case you hadn’t guessed by this point, I have started runnign again. I am in the very beginning phase of the cycle, I have just gone through the bit where I notice that dancing is harder and I remember running makes me a better dancer…
So, I am running (a bit) again.
Despite running (well interval running) 12km in November, I have got so out of practice in the intervening months that I decided to start again. Right back at the beginning with short run intervals.
So what makes this different to the last x number of times? Well…nothing at all really. I am sure I will cycle back around to not running again at some point… I am not planning to, but I know how I work.
I did, however find a new app to tell me how to train.
Of course I did, you must have noticed by now that I can’t do anything without looking for a new app to record/instruct/generally interact with me. It is either an app, or a notebook, or both.
In this case it is an app…although I am planing a notebook too.
THe app I found this time is the Zombies run 5k trainer. It is a standalone app that is not linked to the Zombies Run app. Although it is made by the same people and set in the same universe and suchlike. It works on the premise that a person (you the player/runner) is training to be a useful runner to the settlement in the zombie apocalypse. It is set before the Zombies run story starts. going back to the beginning is a little odd as I am up to season 3 but it is easy enough to ignore that 😀
Each workout is framed like a training session with the Doctor/trainer at abel township and different characters come along to say hi and help you. It is more interesting by far than the normal C25K/C210K training apps which feel a bit like interval timers with words stuck on.
Not only is the interface more interesting, but I am finding the runnign more interesting too. I have been doing sprints in its 15s or 30s runs and the freeform run at the end is good because you just get to do as much or as little as you can. I like the approach.
You never know, just maybe I will stick to running this time 😀