Switching Off

After Saturday’s 32K training run, I decided to take things easy for the first half of the week by not running at all. While it was good to allow some time for the old muscles to recover, I really missed the way that running helps me to get my head straight again after a busy day at the office. So, when I got home this evening, I decided to get changed right away and head straight back out the door again for a nice evening run.

There wasn’t really a plan for this evening’s session. Just a minimum of 5K at whatever pace I felt like to help me switch off the brain and relax. And it worked.

I used the usual 3:1 run/walk ratio and tried to keep things at a fairly moderate pace. I didn’t want to go too slowly as it was pretty cold; but I didn’t want to over-do things either as I still needed to get another two runs in before Sunday to meet my Jantastic target for this week.

Luckily, there was a bit of a headwind to help keep things in check and, even though I was running hard when the wind was behind me, it was nice to slow down a bit and enjoy its cooling effects on the return journey.

Time wise, I finished in just under 32 minutes, which is about right for an easy to moderate run. But more importantly, my mind feels much more relaxed than it has done all week.

Tomorrow, I plan to pick things up a bit pace wise, but for now I’m just happy that I finally got a run in this week.

How’s your training going? What effect does running have on your mind? Do you run to relax and unwind? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “Switching Off”

  1. hmmm im struggling this week… just so tired but like you, sometimes i just need to get out there to refresh the mind, breathe some fresh air and shrug off the days stress…
    Cant believe the Brighton half is like 10 days away already!!! the time has totally FLOWN! have a fab weekend x

  2. Oh, I know what you mean about the head-clearing effects of a good run (or even a bad run, truth be told). I must, I positively must begin running again. I haven’t been at it due to other commitments and dreadfully cold temperatures (below zero today, yikes!). I’ll be back at it soon (and perhaps write a blog post about it)

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