This evening’s run was a strange one. I have to start increasing my distance so I planned to step my mid-week run up to 6K instead of 5K. After last week’s improvements I figured I should be able to run at least the first half without a walk break, but it didn’t quite work out like that.
I started slowly with a couple of 1K laps of Hove Rec, but it was a struggle. It was warm and humid and there wasn’t much of a breeze to cool things down a bit, but I did manage to keep going without walking.
As I approached the 2K mark though, I decided to head down to the park.There was a nice little incline on the way, but once I was in the park I realised that enough was enough. I needed to walk, just for a minute to cool down a bit.
I wasn’t feeling great and even briefly considered ditching the run altogether, but I was on the wrong side of the park for that, so reverted to my favourite run/walk ratio – 3 minutes running and 1 minute walking.
This helped a lot and I started to feel much better, even extending the running sections here and there.
Once I started to get into my stride, I became more aware of the other people in the park. There were a few runners around, so plenty of smiles, waves and friendly grunts were exchanged as I made my way round a second lap and completed the 6K in 43:17, which isn’t too far off pace, all things considered.
How’s your training going? Did you get a run in this week? Please share your thoughts in the comments.