Starting to realise I have become over confident having graduated 16 weeks ago from Couch to 5k! Managed to run 10k several times, even a 13k and so on impulse I booked for a half marathon in September, 32 weeks to complete the BUPA 12 week intermediate programme should be pretty easy I thought.
Today was a 5 minute warm up and cool down with a 20 minute tempo run. I didn't really know what a tempo run was. It is described as a run that is just beyond comfortable - a mere 20 minutes, might even run for 30 I thought - WRONG!
I found a pace that was a challenge for me (6 mins per km) and no matter what the ground, just tried to maintain a real effort. I was counting down the minutes and when I reached 20, ground to a halt and walked dejectedly home. My average pace is usually around 7 mins per km so I think I got it about right but it was pretty horrible, all I can hope is that tempo runs are in the programme for good reason. Same time next week to torture myself 😮
I am so used to doing what I want, at the speed I am comfortable and going as far as I want. Feeling like a spoilt brat that I am finding it so hard to do as I am told. Any one else tried a tempo run, followed a half marathon programme after being free running and found it hard? Julie