I am writing this a day late, yesterdays training was:
10 minutes Zone 2 (easy pace) warm up
25 minutes Zone 4 (threshold)
5 minutes Zone 2 (easy pace) cooldown
The wind was blowing like a good one, a little like trying to run into a brick wall, then being pushed backwards by said brick wall! Thankfully though Storm Doris wasn’t at full strength yesterday i really think i would have been blown away, or given up if the training was today! It is actually the first time i am grateful of a rest day!
25 minutes at threshold really didn’t sound fun at all, and whilst i certainly didn’t laugh much, except when i fell down a kerb! (the ability to laugh at yourself is so important sometimes!) it was not as bad as i expected. I kept checking my watch to ensure that i was within the correct zone and found the 25 minutes flew by, before i knew it I was at the top of the dreaded hill section, back onto the flat and the home straight. I think my heart rate peaked on the hill but i ran through it and managed to keep the pace constant.
Finishing at 40.55 minutes and covering 4.5 miles which included 15 at easy pace really wasn’t too bad. I always beat myself up about the warm up and cool down because i feel they are affecting my overall run time. Sounds silly but I see these posts of people running 10k in truly incredible times and keep feeling like i am a bit of a failure as my time is nowhere near that. But then I remind myself that i did not start this to be the best, i do not do it to be the best, i started it to try and improve my body and fitness and i do it now because i LOVE it.