I couldn’t run yesterday. I fell off my bike on Friday and hurt my knee - fortunately it’s just bruised and is fine now. A change in technique with my bike riding should now mean fewer falls! Don’t even ask 😂
So I checked the weather forecast for this morning and no wind! No rain! Heavy cloud/mist. All ok - but air quality poor. No one with asthma wants to see that, even though my asthma is mild.
I decide on a 10K, but go prepared to run longer. A few minutes into the first kilometre is enough to know that it won’t be longer! The air is really heavy and my heart rate shoots up into Zone 4 as soon as I start running.
The Head Starts guided run with Coach Bennett is excellent. He makes a number of statements for you to consider during the run.
I’m running my 8K loop with 2K tagged on at the start. My run begins on a single track road by the river, where there are a couple of fisherman spaced out on the river bank. I’m running slowly enough to be able to chat to them both in turn as I run past. I do like to be fair 😀. A quick chat with a resident walking his Cocker Spaniel.
I arrive at the gate at the end of the lane and touch it before I turn round to run back, because that’s what you do 😊! My breathing isn’t brilliant as I cross the main road at 2K. I ease off a little as I remember that I’m going to let my running ebb and flow. I won’t be chasing PBs on this run, I run past my house and that distance demon 😈 tries to get me to go home! What? After 2K? I don’t think so!
I carry on with my circular route. Once warmed up at around 3K, I allow myself to speed up a little, but it’s not long before I have to pull back because of my breathing. The run continues in this way, speeding up, holding that pace for a while, then easing off and slowing down. I take regular walking breaks for 3 or 4 seconds to drink some of my Tailwind drink. I can’t manage to drink while running, it would be like a scene from ‘Airplane’, but it’s real progress to do so while walking. I used to have to stop completely!
Coming back into the village I decide not to finish strong today. It’s been hard work! But Coach Bennett has other ideas as he likens the end of the run to a relay race, where you pass the baton in a stronger position than when you received it. OK Coach! I’ll do my best! And I pull out a few stops and manage to run my best km at the end! Another 10K in the bag, although this one was tough!
Negative splits achieved to my surprise!
First km 8:49
Last km 7:41