I was out again last night doing intervals with Jog Scotland all done on grass, with baking hot sun for over 1/3 of each and every lap, it was a killer. We did 4 x 8 minute laps with 3 minute recovery walk/shuffle/grab water etc. Then off again. I find the grass running hard, its not my favorite surface at all, I find the loops mind numbing and boring. I covered 4.87Km in 32 minutes of running which is no faster than my normal 5K road running. So I'm now asking myself "Is this right for me"? I'm probably making excuses now as I so wanted to try running with others but I find that because we are all at different stages/abilities/speeds I don't run with anyone. Last night 3 of the 8 runners gave up and returned to the gym, in all honesty it was very, very hot and 2 didn't have water with them which was not good.
I know too that when I next go out for a run my stupid brain is going to be saying from about 6 minutes into the running, "just another 2 to go"!! When in fact I will have another 30-45 minutes to still do depending on how long/distance I was intending doing!
Is it just me making excuses to give up this group running or have other people found it hard to a) do intervals in this way? b) run with others who dictate when and where you will run/stop running?
I've always loved my running as it makes me feel so free and impulsive, if I want to turn down this track up ahead, then I do, if I want to do a hill session, then I do. If I want to carry on to reach the 5K mark then I do. Last night the whistle blow for the end of the last 8 minutes, I glanced at my Garmin 4.85K, I'll just carry on and make it 5K then, oh no the whistle was blown again, long and hard, time to stop!!
I had booked to go out again with them on Thursday evening but I'm having second thoughts, my forest tracks are beckoning me, my lovely 800m loop with 3 steep ups and downs need to see my feet again, its been a while since I visited that patch of ground. In fact the last time was when I was out walking with hubby and we turned onto the track and I took off and did a quick loop of my ups & downs shouting over my shoulder, "Keep walking I'll catch you up in a few minutes" I haven't had a stab at Jacobs Ladder for ages and the year is wearing on, soon as the ice comes its a no no. Do you see where I'm coming from about being impulsive and liking the freedom of being a lone runner, you just don't have to do what others are doing, you can just please yourself.
Mmmmmmmmmm what's everyone's thoughts on this, any advice out there for me!?!