I thought I'd have my second attempt at the speed podcast today. Not really a problem, except that by the time I was ready to go out my first banana had worn off and so I had another, just to be sure I wouldn't flag half way through. Not ideal, too heavy, too close to a run, shan't do that again! I found it really hard today. Firstly, running at 150bmp is painfully slow and just feels so unnatural. That said, I was quite grateful to do so for a minute after doing the first 165bpm minute!
I ran round and round the park, the grass was very soggy and somewhat slippery and I was joined by the occasional dog, which does sometimes put me off my stride (I make the effort to say hello to them all, so that they will hopefully be 'runner friendly' with others). By the end of it, I thought I was going to die. Actually, half way through I thought that I was going to die, I certainly thought that I wouldn't be able to complete it today. But then a little nagging voice reminded me how crap I'd feel if I gave up, and gave me a proper mental kick up the backside. I did manage to stretch out more on the final 10 seconds of the last interval, but I confess that if Laura had really been there with me I may have slapped her face or strangled her when she told me to 'stay upright, shoulders relaxed, head up and really go for it' - I was bloody going for it, as well as my hungover, banana-overdosed, lack of sleep body could manage.
It is funny how you just have the odd rubbish run. Now I've had time to reflect, I think it's just that I have been running for 30 minutes quite comortably (faster average than I did today) and so it feels strange to go out and struggle again. But that is the point of the podcast, it is a challenge and it's one I'll overcome with practice. I think perhaps my little green badge went to my head a bit, the speed podcast was certainly a little wake up for me
Good news is that it was my planned w1r1 of my hybrid training for 10K, so new goal in focus (as well as getting 5K down under 30 minutes in the coming weeks and doing a parkrun), here we go again!!