Previously I posted that the stepping stones podcast was not the best experience for me. I didn't want to give up on the 5k+ podcasts so today I gave the speed podcast a go. Since my leg isn't quite where it was I hoped that a shorter run would be better so it was worth a go.
It starts with the usual 5 minute warm up walk and Laura counting off how fast I should go. It wasn't far off my walking pace so that was fine. She keeps giving me handy running advice which I never seem to remember or manage to take heed of but I still like to hear it.
The 5 minute starting jog was fairly straight forward. The step count seemed not bad and reasonably gentle. After the 5 minutes gentle jog you alternate 1 minute fast then 1 minute gentle. The minute at faster pace was slightly quicker than my normal pace I think but seemed fine. I couldn't run a full 5k at that but it wasn't overly challenging.
The real surprise was that when dropping back to the gentle jog it genuinely felt like a rest. I could recover my breathing in the same way that I used to when doing walking intervals. A nice surprise although it was quite hard to slow down to the gentle jog pace as it felt really slow after the faster bits.
The 6th sprint is the last and by my count and my running app it is 16 minutes of running although others have posted 17 minutes. The end invites you to slow down but doesn't tell you to walk so you can keep going if you so wish.
According to my run stats I ran marginally slower overall than my 5k runs which isn't surprising when I ran 10 minutes slowly and 6 minutes quickly. It did feel like cheating when I stopped after 16 minutes running though.
All in all it was a nice change but I think next time I will up my pace to over the Laura recommended speed for a real challenge. I like the idea of interval training and it fits in really well for the run I try and squeeze in after dropping my son off at playgroup for an hour and a half. Would I recommend it? Yup, it was a good change and not too much of a challenge. Soon I will return to face my stepping stone nemesis!