My first freezing outing...blimey, that was cold, but it was beautiful out there!!
I got the clothing balance right..yay… (wore a thermal layer for a change...Lidl merino wool hiking tights & top – can recommend) and the run/walking meant I didn't overheat as much as I have in the past (plus, I'm probably getting a little fitter and more even with my pace).
So, I've done my 3rd proper run/walk - kept the same ratio as last my two runs (2.30:1…one of the 11 minute magic mile ratios), but reduced my interval times to 2 min’s run:48 sec’s walk; I'd felt that 1 minute was too long for recovery and 2 min’s 30 was just a bit too long for some sections of my run, so adjusted the workout. I compared today's outing to the last run-all-the-way run I did just after graduating and pre-injury couch (a few weeks ago) and my pace is roughly the same, but I'm nowhere near as pooped and my leggies don't hurt!!
I love this Galloway way...25 minutes/3.4k and I'm all smiley (& I can still manage the stairs) - I feel I'm being gentle with my old-ish body, helping it to grow stronger in the process, and, because I don't wobble-run with exhaustion now, I feel less like I'm going to end up back on the injury couch, but can still complete the distance/time goals I have. I also find that I don't have to give myself a talking to so much (you know the ones - what am I doing out here, this is so tiring, I can't go on...), so this suits me great just now!
I felt properly committed to this getting out to run three times a week thing, today, because I got out in the cold; back in the August c25k early days, I thought that would be a real challenge, but I couldn’t stop myself! I feel very lucky that I can squeeze a wee run in during the working day... to all you runners who have to endure the cold temps in the dark, and the cold day and night new to c25krs, I'd like to say, well bloomin' done!!