Cutting Back On Walk Breaks

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!

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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.


4 thoughts on “Cutting Back On Walk Breaks”

  1. Well done. Always nice to get out when it is quiet, but not completely deserted. I prefer evening runs. I work a physical job during the day, and run according to how energy there is left after my day! 🙂

    1. Thanks Carl. Getting out in the evening after a day at work is definitely challenging sometimes, but a good way to run off the stresses of the day. I need to do more of that but, as you say, depends on how much energy is left in the tank. 😉

  2. Nice job! I find that I always try to run a bit faster when there are more people about too. I run in the evening quite a bit, as I’m much more likely to run after work than before, but I tend to avoid the dark/deserted areas. Something between that and the toddlers/dogs/strollers extravaganzas on nice evenings is the sweet spot 🙂

    1. That’s the trouble with running on the seafront sometimes. It’s can be lovely early in the morning or in the evening (wind permitting), but as soon as the sun comes out and the temperature rises, it’s becomes a bit of an obstacle course at any time of the day (or night for that matter!). Still, I shouldn’t complain – it is nice to live by the sea. 🙂

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