I was supposed to run yesterday, but decided against it as I’d gone for a 12K walk on Sunday and my legs were feeling a bit lazy. Or maybe I was just feeling lazy in general? That’s probably more like it. But with less than 13 weeks to go until the South Coast Challenge, I knew I had to make up for it this evening.
The plan was to do 4K on the treadmill, but I didn’t really fancy it. So I procrastinated on the inter web for a few hours until I eventually realised (at 8pm) that the only way I was going to get a run in was if I went outside.
It was quite windy and a bit damp and chilly, so instead of heading for the seafront, I opted for a few laps of Hove Rec. I don’t normally run there at night, what with the narrow path, bushes and vague possibility of being killed by an axe murderer, but as it was quite light outside I figured I’d take my chances. At least there wouldn’t be any toddlers on scooters to trip me up.
There weren’t many people around, which was nice as it meant I didn’t have to dodge anyone on the path, but it wasn’t deserted either – a couple of dog walkers and an old man doing laps on his bike, who I was sure would fend off any potential villains.
The other good thing about there not being many people around was that I felt comfortable taking things nice and slowly. Not that I’m ever fast these days, but I do sometimes try to go a bit faster than I should when there are a lot of other people around.
Anyway, going slowly felt really good, so much so that I went for a full 10 minutes before taking my first walk break – something I haven’t done (except on the treadmill) for a very long time. In fact, throughout the whole session I only stopped to walk four times, and for no more than a minute each time, which gave me another much needed confidence boost!
The over all time, however, was a bit slower than my run at the weekend, but not by much and I did manage to achieve negative splits for the first time in ages too!
All in all, I think I’m starting to feel a pretty good about running again, so hopefully I’ll be back to running 5K without walk breaks within the next few weeks – well, that’s the plan anyway.
How’s your training going? How do you feel about running in the evening? Please share your thoughts in the comments.