Tried out the Speed C25k+ podcast for today’s W11R3. Had heard it was hard, but daftly set off walking to our nearest sports field at about 3pm, just as the overcast skies here today finally let the sun back through...
Laura started off instructing me to count 1234 and walk at 150bpm again for 5 mins. We’d been through this together already with the Stepping Stone podcast. Bit slow for my short legs, but I settled into the rhythm. Then a 5 minute jog at 150bpm - here’s where my short legs feel as if I’m willing myself to levitate between strides, to avoid hitting the ground too early. Had arrived at the sports field now, and the intervals began. (I didn’t fancy trying to run fast on a busy pavement.)
The first 165bpm minute of faster running seemed surprisingly energetic. I suspect this is roughly my normally 5k short step speed, but when instructed to run I guess I automatically start to stride out more. Felt relieved to drop to a 150bpm jog to recover for a minute before the next one!
The next 165bpm minute of running felt even more energetic. I was again thankful for the drop to 150bpm for a minute to recover. I no longer felt I needed my legs to levitate at all at 150bpm! I’d got a vague feeling I’d read somewhere that there were 6 repeated speed intervals, but found myself already hoping for less. 😣
Did eventually make it to the end of the 6th 165bpm minute of running, with much encouragement from Laura, and was then so relieved that she wanted me to switch to a 5 minute cool down WALK. (Don’t think I had anything left to run with even for a 150bpm “recovery” run.) 🙄
At this point I rapidly drank all the water I was carrying, and agreed with Laura as she told me how hard interval running was! No idea how far I went, as I forgot to turn on my running app. Time wise, I think there was only about 16 mins of running in the whole podcast, but it felt like much more. I’m sure I’ll try this one again (probably when it’s cooler), but am already thinking it will not be used regularly for the short run once I start Juju’s 10K plan... 😂😂