With better weather, it was time to hit the streets of my local town for a new season of outdoor running. I've read lots of supportive blogs from those who have done the C25K+ podcasts with Laura. Only one option, really. Get my earphones, plug them in and jump in!
Like my local Parkrun, there's a nice loop of about a mile - perfect. Three laps would be almost exactly 5k. Now, I know these podcasts don't take you a full 5k. I did the 'speed' podcast - 6 cycles of 2 mins (1 fast, 1 slower) but I don't care, do I? I can do more than 12 stinkin' minutes.
It just shows how you can underestimate a change in routine. The first three reps were great - a bit of a novelty, and it really did feel good to be upping the pace. Rep 4 was OK, but by #5 the little chimp on my shoulder was telling me just to call it a day. I did finish all six though, and continued back to the car park. But oh boy - did I struggle with that last half mile.
I guess that's why Laura only asks us to do the warm up, reps, cool down. Because it's too much to do half an hour AND the speed reps. Do I still think I'm the god of hell fire? Of course I am. But tonight, the flames have died down and only the embers are glowing. It's also going to add an extra dimension to my 5x50 efforts.
Still ... things can only get better!