Inspired by Bluebirdrunner and lacking a bit of structure recently I finally ran to Samantha's dulcet American tones today. It took me ages to work out how to access the podcasts but someone posted a link here recently and I managed to vaguely work out how to use my Dropbox account and the weekend saw me downloading all the podcasts. It was fun to have someone telling me what to do again and forcing me to push myself. I've been getting lazy recently and tend to do just a 4K run during the week, sometimes I need a kick up the "proverbial" to get out of my rut and it was clear that 40 minutes running would mean more than 4K. So I was quite excited!
I spent most of the time trying to identify the music, some of the voices sounded very familiar (was that Pink, Avril Lavine, The Cranberries?) but it wasn't Phil Collins singing the only song I knew so it was all a bit perplexing! Much better than Laura though! And I had to redesign my running route on the hoof, nipping down one side street and back up another in order to extend the distance. The last few minutes were a challenge to say the least. I felt as if I was back on the c25k programme again! But the music kept my pace up and ensured that I did the whole 40 mins. Just over 7 mins/km which is good for me at the moment. I even managed a sprint at the end to catch up with my son who was heading off to work - he nearly died of shock when his red-faced, very sweaty Mum suddenly overtook him and leapt out in front of him. Good to keep your kids on their toes!
The question is, do I use Samantha all the time now (as with Laura) until I reach 10k or should I just use her once a week to keep a bit of variety?
Choices, choices! Happy running everybody!