Objective: Get Outside

Training is still a bit of a struggle at the moment. A couple of weeks ago, I promised myself (again) that I would get into a regular routine with my running, and it was going quite well. I wasn’t running far or fast. Just a few slow kilometres on the treadmill every couple of days, but it felt ok. There was progress. I was building pace and stamina and, most importantly, confidence. But then I got sick.

Ok, I had a cold. It wasn’t even a bad cold. But it sat on my chest for about a week, which made doing anything beyond a short walk pretty exhausting.

Today though, I woke up feeling a lot better. I still didn’t have a huge amount of energy, but my chest and head felt clear enough to go for a walk. Not a long walk. Just 5K. But it was better than nothing.

So, at about 8:00 am I headed out into the drizzle for a short walk through the trail that runs behind Woodland Drive.

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 10.01.26My Garmin picked up a signal at Hove Park, so I started off with a bit of gentle running and and brisk walking. There was no pattern to it. I just ran when I felt like it and walked when I needed to.

As I expected, the first part of the trail (all up hill) was too much for me to run, so I reminded myself that my objective today was just to get outside, and walked pretty much all of it. It was ok though. I kept my pace as brisk as I could and, when I got to the top, turned round and ran all the way back down.

Despite the drizzle, the conditions underfoot weren’t too bad. There were some parts, where there is a bit of a path rather than just dirt and roots, that I had to be careful on as they were a bit slick under my trail shoes, but other than that it was pretty good.

I finished the session by run/walking back round Hove Park and then to the railway bridge to complete 5K in a very slow but still quite satisfying 41:33.

How’s your training going? Did you run this weekend? Please share your thoughts in the comments?