Woke up this morning should I go running? It was raining, it was 12 degrees, what should I wear? Of course I should but for how long? Long sleeve top, Garmin, HRM, compression shorts, shorts to cover the compression, socks shoes, select Laura Stamina on my phone, headphones and off I go.
Yes it was cold to start but balmy by the time I finished. It was wet, there were deep puddles on the bridle ways. It was tough. Start running at 155 bpm for 10 mins seems easy, slower than normal, 1st mile in 10:52. But a lot of uphill for me and I walked at the top. This is tougher than you think. Next 10 mins upto 160bpm. 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4..... Maybe it's not so bad. Doh another bloomin hill. Another mile in 10:45. Keep at 160 for 10 mins. Okay run past the sawmill, for about 5 mins, turn round run back. I know I'm on my way back now. Downhill is beckoning. 10:39 for that mile. Last 5 mins let's step it up to 165. You must be kidding - oh well it is only 5 mins.
I made 4 then had to stop to get my breath back and my heart rate down. Last 30 seconds - oh what the hell start running up the steep hill. And you've finished. Fantastic.
Laura says remember the satisfaction you get at challenging yourself. Wise words Laura. Now basking in my post run glow.
Get back and check garmin. Wow look at how consistent the pace is, my foot striking the ground, and how my heart rate keeps track of the hills
What fun I've had and it's not 9 o'clock yet
Happy running all!