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Interval Running With a Side Order of Faff

After reading SuzyKK 's post yesterday I was smugly thinking that I hadn’t had a bout of faff for quite some time. Shame on me, as little did I know quite how badly I would be struck down with this affliction.

First of all I slept really badly last night and woke up with the kind of head that tells you a migraine is in the process of germinating. It was early, so I decided that I could stay in bed a little while longer. As the headache seemed to be going nowhere, I was on the verge of deciding that I would do the same.

I knew that I was supposed to be doing a shorter run today after my 13km run on Tuesday, but not only was it going to be shorter, it was also supposed to be intervals (which I abhor). But the longer I lay there the worse I felt and decided I might as well get up and out.

Unfortunately I hadn’t got my kit ready the night before, and what a rookie error that was. I stumbled around the house trying to find clean leggings and a top – which unfortunately were on the airer in the garage, so were pretty chilly when I put them on. But that didn’t matter as I would soon be off.

•Running shoes on ✅

•Running shoes off, socks readjusted, running shoes back on ✅

•Warm up exercises completed

•Run upstairs to get phone and turn Mapmyrun on

•Running belt turned invisible ✅

•Find running belt upstairs in gym bag (because last run was a tourist run) ✅

•Head out through the door

•Come back in again to get headphone ✅

And that’s when the faffing really took on monstrous proportions. Looked in cupboard where I keep my running accessories. NOT THERE. Looked upstairs in the wardrobe where my running clothes are. NOT THERE. Wondered if I’d left it in my coat pocket after walking to the doc’s the other day listening to The Archers. Then panic set in as I’d washed all my coats and they were sitting damp in the washing machine. So then I had to check all the pockets, NOT THERE, and hang the coats on the line to dry as it seemed wrong to put them back in the machine. Then I had a general run around the house looking in all the same places again. (Fortunately I’d washed my trainers the other day so I didn’t need to take them off.)

And eventually found the damn thing sitting next to the computer. (Don’t ask me why…)

At last the faff was over and I could get out of the door.

I decided to go with Laura and the Speed Podcast from C25K+ this morning as I know how much I hate intervals, and I would need her to tell me when to run and when to run faster, and keep me on the straight and narrow. Listening to the warm up I realized how much I’ve missed her dulcet tones, and it was like reconnecting with an old friend. That was until she told me I needed to run at the faster speed. It was only for a minute but seemed more like and hour, and the recovery minute then flew past in seconds. This sorry cycle was repeated 6 times in all, and each time my recovery run got slower and slower as my lungs struggled to find enough oxygen to keep me going, and my friendship with Laura dwindled away.

Then at last the intervals were over and I jogged slowly on through to the end of the podcast and carried on until I’d covered 5K, when I then ambled home.

Although my time didn’t seem that great I managed the 5K in 26.45 which is slightly faster than my PB (which is about a minute slower) so I was pleased, I think. But what I don’t understand is why I’m so worn out with the intervals. I hate ‘em!

😡

But on the plus side, as I completed my stretches and headed for the shower I realised that at least my migraine had gone. 😌

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I don’t know why they are so knackering, just that they are.

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The trouble is the first interval I run fast makes me worn out, then I haven't properly recovered by the time the second one starts and so it just gets worse with each interval. I'm hoping if I keep doing them every now and then I will eventually get a bit better. I would so love to get my 5K time down to under 25 minutes but I seem to have plateaued. Frustrating.

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I generally manage the first 4, totally cop out on the 5th, then manage something that resembles my original run pace for the last one (because by then my recovery run pace is little more than a walk!)

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Go you!!!! Despite migraine and faffage and all that.. you did amazingly!!!! Wow!!!

This post demonstrates real faffage :) Wonderful!!!

My blinking 5K took me 31 minutes this morning!!!

( Mind ..... I am using my age and an achy back, after three days with small runner in training.. extra day this week... as an excuse :) )

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Well done that is faffing par excellence.Faffolino the faff mouse visited me this week. The thing is once it starts it continues... there's never a moment of faffage, it's always 9 or 10 elements of faffage.

And nicely done doing intervals even though you don't like them..

All in all a good effort when you got the faffage under control

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Found a new piece of music to run to - non-1980's, but introduced to me by a friend of my 21 year old daughter. Yvonne Chaka Chaka from South Africa singing "Umqombothi" is a great feel good track with the right beat for running too as well.

I was taking three 20 year old lads to the pub on youngest's 21st birthday when they put this on. I have now downloaded her best of collection. I love this track to run to.

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This is the most upbeat song about beer I've heard in a long time...

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It's the headphone curse. I swear to god they hide when I'm ready to go out.

Great job on your personal best. I haven't dared download the speed podcast yet.

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Speed Podcast is probably not as bad as I make out as the main pace Laura sets is slightly slower than my general running rhythm. I only use it for the timings as I need to run at a slightly faster pace - which is why I was so knackered. :-)

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Faffage *and* the Archers! Fab :) My kind of gal :)

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I got hooked on The Archers during the Helen and Rob story which ended in her stabbing Rob Titchener. Mr Razouski was brought up on it from birth so he was always encouraging me to listen. I now have it on podcasts so that I can catch up with it in the car or when I'm walking. It's great!

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That was such an awful story - brilliantly clever, but chilling. It raised so much awareness of coercive control and I think it was so well done someone said the broadcasts were used in a university course somewhere.

The podcasts are great to run to - I sometimes use the omnibus for long runs!

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😂 Razouski, you definitely retain the faffage crown! Fab post that had me laughing so hard it started my coughing fits again... actually I spend a fair bit of time reading these posts... definitely verging on faffing as just stop for a quick read, & the minutes pass!

Am so in awe of you going out with migraine AND doing intervals... sadly coughing (result of head cold dropping into chest &normal asthma) meant a rest day today...

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I didn't want to but thought the fresh air might do me good, and the intervals would take my mind off the migraine, and it seemed to work.

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Well done Razouski...the speed podcast with Laura (quick running) AND carried on to do 5k... but still only took less than 27 minutes.....

No wonder you were worn out... you are a very strong runner.

Not even in my wildest dreams😂😆😉

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I got my time down to sub 30mins soon after graduating last December, but I don't seem to be able to get to the magical 25 minutes. But I guess 27mins is quite good. :-)

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