I went to Parkrun today and decided to try something new. I am increasing my distances and am wondering if run/walk might be for me. In the past I have tried short-ish intervals, although nothing scientific and not with a Gymboss or anything to keep the times for me. Today I thought I'd try longer intervals at Parkrun, so I set off to try running for 1km, then walking for quarter of a km.
This would have been fine, but there were a couple of problems. Problem one: I can't count. You'd think it would be quite easy, especially at Parkrun. 5 kilometers. Run 4 of them. Walk the other, divided into quarters. It really doesn't get much simpler than that. Welllll...
Problem two: for quite a while, I have confused the time on my watch and the distance. Not the placement on the actual watch. Oh no, nothing so simple. But... you know when it says 2:30, for example? This is two and a half minutes. But *not* two and a half kilometers So when I got to the last section, I stopped for my last walk at 3:30 and then had to go hell-for-leather for the last km and a quarter rather than the last km as I had planned.
You'll be pleased to know that with all this mad dashing for the running section, manic mental arithmetic and stopping to encourage a new friend who was convinced she couldn't do it (yes, I bullied her over the line ) I got a new PB and knocked a whopping 8 seconds off my previous time Defo not worth it, in my book!
I did manage to catch up with someone from the Beyond C25K FB group though, so we had a quick natter and a photo op afterwards which was lovely.
I think I am basically one-paced. I don't mind plodding, and I find it quite difficult to get started again once I've stopped - it's almost as if my brain packs up and thinks, "Right, finished, cup of tea and a biscuit, thanks." I might try the run/walk on my next longer run but do shorter intervals. I think you do need a Gymboss or equivalent though, to keep you regular , but although so many people have said it makes them faster I haven't seen any evidence of that for me yet. Oh, sorry - 8 seconds!