Still a noob to life after C25K. I have reservations about running faster than ‘comfy’ during longer runs, as I am scared of injury, or just being too exhausted and being sick - which goes back to a cross-country run at school when I was 11. I normally shuffle along at a higher HR than where I am supposed to be (180-ish), so it isn’t like I am slacking off even when I am comfortable.
So, today, I was a bit worried about a planned run in my training plan that was 10min jog, 3min ‘tempo’, 10min jog. Quick google of what tempo runs were, took me to Runners World. I visualised what I though it should feel like (well, I am a geek!) and headed out.
I’d picked a familiar route where I knew it wouldn’t coincide with an uphill gradient 😉 and worked out it should be about 4K, so I set off at 5k pace. Wow, was I unprepared for the humidity this morning!!! I wasn’t hot, sun-wise, but for some reason I find I struggle. Still, I kept going and started to listen out for the tempo-run cue.... which didn’t happen. Turns out there is a volume issue with my music and the app voice. So a quick glance at the watch as Queen came on the playlist and I picked up the pace a bit for 3-ish minutes. It felt like a long 3 minutes 🤣 even though I wasn’t at max effort. I was surprised how much ground I covered!
Slowed back down to the comfy pace and was pleasantly surprised it felt comfy again very quickly (or maybe that was because I was going downhill now!) I did the last 10min perfectly fine and only slowed down because I have the 5k Parkrun on Saturday.
Either way, today was a great confidence giver. I’d found slower gears during C25K. I’m chuffed I am now finding faster gears too - and surviving! I can see where the tempo was in my HR data - really interesting! The map I’ve attached here shows most green after that ‘dot’ where is says ‘Hook St’... that was the tempo bit until the next left corner 😁.
Happy running everyone!