So I was getting a bit consumed and lost in the data analysis side of things and was challenged to 'just go and run and enjoy it'. I also wanted to make it count so I forced myself (as much as possible) to stay in the Aerobic zone according to the HRM.
I also ditched the field and went to Bradgate Park (which is absolutely stunning!).
- Bradgate park is stunningly beautiful
- hills are a pig
- deer are really quite sweet
- stags are terrifying
- hills, they really are a pig
- getting lost just after your iPhone dies is not great
- realising your watch has a 'back to start' is great]
- other runners shouldn't be so quiet and stealthy, particularly when dressed in black
After about 5K I ran into a herd of deer including the stags and realised I had startled them....except the stags weren't looking startled, they were more 'you looking at me? YOU looking at ME!?' at which point I thought nature/nurture...nature's going to win and went a different way.
Unfortunately this meant I also got completely lost. I did speed up a bit - it was getting dark and I kept seeing pairs of eyes looking at me, waiting to mow me down with huge antlers.
It was a few minutes after this when I heard pounding feet, looked over my shoulder, saw a big black thing coming which my brain couldn't identify (it really was getting dark) and gasped like a little girl! It turned out to be another runner who stopped and asked me if I was OK :-).
Anyway, 7K (actually 7.2K), with a higher cadence and a lower heart rate, and the joy of running has returned ;-). I even had a little bit left in the tank and sprinted the last few meters. Wish I hadn't as two people were sitting at the exit which I hadn't seen and it probably looked like I was trying to be all 'yeah, that's how fast I run!'. Oh well - a great experience all round.
NOTE: I spent quite a lot of time hovering on the boundary of aerobic and threshold so 'time in zones' indicates a lot of time spent in threshold, it was, but only a couple of beats more.