Expecting either Meatloaf or Billy Idol, it was a bit of a surprise to be greeted by Laura when I hit the button on my MP3 player this morning. I had finally managed to download the 3 extra podcasts onto my aged MP3 player from my equally aged laptop and vaguely thought I might have a go at some point in the future. However, due to my technological inadequacies, there she was saying, "Welcome to Speed". So it was fate, and I decided to have a go
It was a bit odd. It was lovely to hear Laura's measured tones again, and I was filled with a sense of reassurance that I could do this. After all, she got me through c25k, so I know I can trust her Until she started... Even the warm-up walk was faster than I normally walk The music (awful, awful synthesised stuff) starts you off at what she describes as a gentle pace of 150 beats per minute. I had absolutely no idea at what pace I normally run, but it turns out that this is a comfortable pace for me - except that I couldn't get my feet right. My stride must be the wrong length or something - anyway, I was hop, skip and jumping along, trying to fit in with her chanting 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4 like a drill sargeant when suddenly she told me that we were going to do a 60-second interval at 165 bpm. And off she went again with the 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4. The problem is, she talks over a lot of it and the music is quite quiet in the background, so I found it really hard to hear that through her talking and stick to the beat. Cue more hopping and skipping, and some giggling as well.
We started off with a 5 minute 'gentle' run to get us going, at 155 bpm, then there was a minute of 'fast' running at 165 bpm and then a minute of 'slow' running at 150 bpm. Repeat 5 more times, and we were done. I added on another 6 minutes to get me back to my start point, but I was knackered by then, especially as the hill on the way back turned into the North Face of the Eiger again.
So this is a shorter podcast, useful to know if I'm pushed for time. I'll definitely do it again, and hopefully it will be better next time because I'll have an idea of what she's trying to get me to do. I feel as though I've worked harder than I normally would, although I'm not sure how much residual tiredness remains from yesterday's swiss ball class (For those of you following my unwilling relationship with this class and the Mistress of Pain, yesterday she had us kneeling on the ball with our bums pointing towards the ceiling, supported by our hands on the floor and using our stomach muscles to roll backwards and forwards, up and down ) I have also downloaded Stamina and Stepping Stone, so I'll have a go at those at some point over the next couple of weeks.