The alarm went off at 5:20am, the wind had been howling all night and hadn’t subsided. For a split second I did question if I should venture out after seeing the bamboos in the garden bent over at a 90 degree angle. But got myself sorted and left. It was blowing a gale outside and I was heading directly into it, it did slow me down though which seemed like a good thing for the start of week 4. I was surprised when Laura announced we’d only reached the halfway mark of the first five minute run …It had genuinely felt like more! The wind took my breath away as I ran onto the road before the beach, I could taste the sea salt on the wind. the second half of the run was much easier and I picked up a good pace with the wind on my back, the last five minute run was much more enjoyable and I knew what to expect this time. I was amazed at how much farther on my route I’d traveled with the 16 minutes of running!
The wind was up again today but not quite as strong. I’ve been experiencing some slight tightness in my right calf since the last run and It was there throughout my warm up walk and first run. I took it really slowly and the stiffness wore off just in time for the five minute run. I could hear the waves crashing as I ran up the beach road. There’s a perfect path that runs all the way alongside the beach for miles, but I’m going to save it… and enjoy it for the very first time on my graduation run, It will be my prize at the end of C25K! The rest of the run went really well and I was pleased with how I handled it. I may just need to work out an extended route for the next run... my original lap has now become way too small!
I’ve decided to start doing some pilates on my rest days. Hopefully It should start loosening me up a bit and strengthening my core etc. I was watching my hot new Californian pilates teacher ‘Amy’ (from YouTube) effortlessly gliding through the various moves.
Easy, I thought. Won’t even break a sweat I thought. She’s just wiggling her arms and legs around…. OK… maybe I’m going to need to practice this a bit more before I get the graceful effortless (…non grunting) vibe that Amy’s got going on…! .
My right leg felt a bit tight again when I woke up today so I Started with some ‘dynamic’ warm up exercises as prescribed by Coach Brian:
This definitely loosened me up so I’ll add this to my morning routine. I’d planned a longer route for today and it was a nice mild start with no wind! The first ten minutes felt pretty clunky, but no aches. The new route mixed things up a bit and worked out perfectly from door to door. It feels like I’ve got these five minute runs now especially the last one strangely, I really feel like I’m in the groove on that run - everything just works.
Now onwards and upwards to the infamous week five!!!