For the past few weeks I've been trying to join a running club as the guys on the couch to 5k forum recommended this as a good way to keep the fun in running now that I'm able to run 5k. As a bit of background I'm quite slow, and when I originally reached 5k I found it really tiring too. I went back to 3.5k and built up again slowly and can now run 5k again relatively comfortably in approx 45 mins, a fair amount slower than the 30mins many people manage it in, but a mega achievement for me. I've been putting off doing a 'parkrun' partly because there isn't one all that near me and partly because of not being confident enough to do 5k until very recently. But the running club sounds good because it would be more than just running - looking at technique and endurance too. It would also be one of my 3 planned runs this week, along with 3 bike rides and 3 trips to the fruit n veg shop - all things that help me stay focused on my new healthy lifestyle. So - I was due to go to the running club for my first session tonight - but just had an email that it's been cancelled - what should I do instead?
1. Stay at home (tempting as I feel like I'm fighting off another cold again!)
2. Go running all the same but on my own (I did this last time running club was cancelled)
3. Do something else 'new' in the same spirit of joining the running club being a 'new' thing.
If I do 1 then I think I should at least do a strength session of some sort at home - some circuit training exercises that I remember from the past using a training timer on my phone (do situps for 2 mins, then pressups for 2 mins, then squats for 2 mins etc). If I do 2 then I think I might choose a new route (I was going to take my bike to the running club meeting point, so maybe I could cycle to a different park to do my run). For 3, I've had a google around and found a £1 yoga session near where I live that starts at 6pm. Would yoga be a good 'new' thing to do perhaps? Future sessions would clash with the running group if that ever gets up and running but maybe it would be good to see if I like it at least....
As I was writing this I had an email from the running club organiser that they'll do a 'casual run' on Sunday instead so it looks like I'll still get to make inroads with that this week. So that's Sunday planned - def a run with other folks lined up. But what shall I do today?
Further update... I've added a pic above of the 'free gym' I went to. It was very disappointing! But I had a go on everything. The cycle was obviously quite easy for me, being an experienced cyclist. The sort of cross trainer thing (front centre) was prob the best, but the whole time it was crying out 'oil me' which made me feel very self-conscious! The 'treadmill' (right) was downright dangerous, as some of the rollers were stuck and others spun round madly so it made you feel out of control. The weird spinning circles (at the back) were a mystery - I sort of held the bars and span from side to side, but it didn't feel like it did anything. Lastly I went up the big spiral slide in the middle, maybe you can see in the pic for the first stage, to get up, you pull yourself up a rope up a steep wooden board, which was surprisingly challenging. But I felt I deserved a go on the big slide after the disappointment of the 'gym' machines. I also really went for it on my run there and back, totalling 3km in 21 mins, my best pace for months, albeit with a break in the middle