I did my 1st ever speedwork session tonight. It was bloody hard. The GPS didn’t map it so I’m guestimating it was 3miles – a warm up lap of the field (about 1k), 6 lots of running round a circuit of up and back fast then one way walking/slow run to recover – Coach Matt says it was about 400m per circuit so 2.4k in total, then we finished up with another lap of the field and a jog back to the centre so 1.5k approx. I am bushed but apparently 6 weeks of this should improve my speed – my aim is my next 10k (7/8) in under 1hr 10 and running the whole way…it’s in 3 weeks so may not be enough time but I’m willing to try.
A few people have asked previously if there are any strange people at my running club so I paid more attention tonight. We have the the wears-the-shortest-shorts-even-in-the-middle-of-winter-with-white-stick-legs-and-bum-cheeks-hanging-out man that most clubs have who is about 55. He looks so wrong but hats off to him gets some wicked times so it must work! Tonight, I found another one – a young guy (think he is a newbie) seemed OK at first but once we started running and I was downwind of him I realised why everyone had given him a W I D E berth… Why are the strange ones always men? That’s all I noticed but will keep an eye out for any more…
Other than my rest day Monday, I have followed Hals plan this week. My decluttering of the conservatory has resurrected our home gym, so Tuesday evening after work and Wednesday morning (I got up at 7am!) I did 45 mins of weights and stretches and tomorrow although it says rest I will do another circuits session, then 6 miles Saturday then rest Sunday. I think as long as you do the sessions it doesn’t matter what day you do them does it?
I definately have the running bug again. I’ve been scouring all my running mags and websites for more 10ks which I think is my favourite distance. I have found the following that are all tempting – I am deciding which ones to go for and would love some company so let me know if you’d like to join me:
Sun 24th July – Luton 10k (never knew there was on on my doorstep!)
Sun 14th August – Finsbury Park 10k or 15k
Sun 11th September – Swineshead (Bedford) 10 miles (cos Hal says 10 miles that day)
Sat 22nd October – Richmond Park Shock Absorber womens only 10k
Sun 20th November – Brighton 10k
So, if any of these fit your schedule and you fancy meeting up. As I am still a race newbie I like to know someone else is going to be with me as my security blanket…I’m sure I will grow out of that eventually but in the meantime thank Shaz and Alma and any future partners for being Mum on race day for me!