1.5 minute run / 1.5 min walk
2.5 min run / 2.5 min walk (x2)
1.5 minute run / 1.5 minute walk.
Today I got up at 11:40. Generally an early riser, this is clearly a sign that I’m struggling a bit at the moment. I’ve been stressed with a family issue, and have been feeling pretty drained – more emotionally than physically, or so I thought. I also had a blood test recently which revealed I’m borderline anaemic. Nothing a tweaked diet shouldn’t fix.
I’m pleased to say I now feel fairly comfortable running for 1.5 minutes. The same cannot be said for today’s step-up to 2.5 minutes of running! My legs were fine… but my chest was screaming! The first time around I gave in and walked with 6 seconds left. The second I got all the way through but made the mistake of bending over to catch my breath at the end, feeling lightheaded upon straightening up. It soon cleared and I continued with my walk and subsequent easier 1.5 minute run.
Despite being proud of getting through the 2.5 minute intervals I felt like a bit of a cheat. Without counting warm-up and cool-down the session was only 16 minutes long. Yes the longer run was an achievement, but it felt like a bit of a cop out.
After walking home I felt I still had more to give, so did a few sit ups and press-ups before stretching. I’ve been reading about crosstraining, and at some point will need to add some other form of exercise, especially as my shifts restrict the frequency of my runs.
Today I ran (well jogged slowly) to music for the first time. I’m not really into upbeat dance music so I went with Jay Z and old Kanye West. I’m also toying with digging out an old Eminem album. Music was a nice distraction when I was struggling – I mentally sang along.
- Holding my phone is a bit annoying – must look into arm bands.
Tomorrow should be a rest day but I then have work Saturday and Sunday. Not sure whether to run tomorrow or to wait until Monday. I don’t want to push too far and end up injured, but am eager to get back out again.