I knew I wanted to do a slow run this morning - about 45 minutes - but I just fancied trying something a little different. Glancing through the guided runs of the Nike Run Club, I noticed A Whole Run with Coach Bennett and Andy Puddicombe of Headspace fame. I had heard good things on this forum about Coach Bennett and was already familiar with Andy as I have the Headspace app and found it to be helpful with my anxiety.
I decided that, for the first time ever, I would not have music on my run. This was major!
A breezy morning here in the fens. I made the right decision to wear my lightweight running jacket. As it was a slow run, I didn’t want to get cold, although I was wearing shorts. My legs don’t seem to get cold! My plan for the run itself was to keep in heart rate zone 3, but after the first kilometre, it became obvious that, after an anxious night, my heart rate was not going to cooperate this morning. My first kilometre pace was ultra slow, 10:54, but my heart rate had shot up to Zone 4 right from the start. I ditched the idea of keeping to Zone 3 and just ran at an easy conversational pace, deciding instead to try for a gradual increase of pace during the 45 minutes. I would try this by feel rather than keeping on looking at my watch, speeding up a bit for the last kilometre.
I really enjoyed the guided run and was able to concentrate fully on being in the moment, without the distraction of music. Increasing my pace gradually didn’t require much effort as it just happened naturally.
At the end of the guided run, I continued on for a few moments to get to a neat and tidy 5K 😀. It was a fabulous run, completely different without the music. It’s good to run occasionally without any pressure, just to enjoy the run. I enjoyed the spaces in between the talking and didn’t miss the music at all today.
10:54, 10:25, 9:38, 9:28, 8:08