I will admit I was tired today and I had a scratchy/dry throat most of the day. I believe this is due to the new job – not that it’s a problem. More that I have a new routine, I am learning a lot, cramming in as much I can and trying to complete lots of introductory meetings which means I am probably talking (or asking questions) much more than normal.
I wasn’t feeling great on the train but it was not helped by having to b e cramped on a replacement train and I could not get to my bag (or rather was too polite to disturb people around me). I know I didn’t eat as much a I usually do and this was probably causing the headache I had.
Not sure what to expect I decided to stick to the Gipis plan and run 35 minutes. I was not sure I would last that long but I got out there and got on with it.
At the start I decided to run at a reasonable to slow pace (the program said 10 mins a km but that’s waaaaay to slow). I ended up averaging around 8 minutes but as most runners will know, running slow can be harder work than running fast!
The switch to timing vs distance also meant I wasn’t clear how far on my normal route I was. I did have an impression of the distance though as I have run this route so much, I decided to switch the route around so that all I had to guide me was my effort, physical ability and the time.
Well it paid off! I got about 75% of the way around when I started to flag. I was feeling tired, I was sweating a lot and for a fraction of a second thought about giving up. Knowing I had the time to run and that there was only 25% of the time to go I carried on.
I did have to remind myself that this 25% meant a certain distance but then I realised that if I slowed down (as I was tired), I would complete the time without burning out trying to crack a particular distance. It’s a new way of thinking but as I am not training to win any races, it seems to be working.
I was very happy to complete the 35 minutes block again without stopping or walking. I was even more thrilled to see I had completed 4.2 KM! Not mu furthest or fastest run but it certainly gets me in a good place for the Runkeeper Global 10 which is the weekend after next.
I am very pleased with tonights run. Yes, I am tired. Yes, my throat is still dry but I feel so much better for putting in the time and the effort and running tonight 😃