I didn’t run last weekend as I had been feeling under the weather the week before, which meant that this week’s run was going to be a bit more challenging than usual.
My plan was to run for 30 minutes without stopping so I needed a road-free route to make sure that I wouldn’t have an easy excuse to stop. Normally, I would use the seafront, but as today was the Brighton Half Marathon, I decided to avoid the crowds and head for Hove Rec instead.
The nice thing a bout Hove Rec is that each lap is 1 kilometre (or thereabouts) so it’s easy to keep track of how you’re doing. Also, it has a bit of an incline, which can be good or bad, depending on what you’re trying to do.
At this stage in my training, I really need to start thinking about hills. I’ve signed up for an off-road 10K in May which I expect will be rather hilly. Also, I’ve agreed to do Bevendean parkrun in a couple of weeks which is pretty hilly too, so I need to start preparing for that.
So, I headed off to Hove Rec just before 9:00. It was a cold, crisp, sunny morning, so quite nice for running and I was feeling fairly positive about the whole thing.
The first lap was a bit of a struggle, but I persevered, slowed my pace and used the downhill to recover. The second lap was better, but after that I decided that I’d had enough of inclines and completed a half lap before heading for home. The roads were fairly quiet so I was able to cross without stopping or walking, and in the end managed to complete 4.31K in 30 minutes.
When I got home and went to upload my data, however, I was disappointed to see that for some reason the Garmin hadn’t tracked my route. I’m not sure why that is as the GPS was definitely on and the distance had recorded ok, but there was no map of the route.
Still, it’s not a problem. The main objective of today’s run was to keep going for 30 minutes, which I managed, so I’m happy with that.
How’s your training going? Did you get a run in this weekend? Please share your thoughts in the comments.