3 minute run / 2 min walk
4 minute run / 3 minute walk (x2)
3 minute run / 2 minute walk.
Today was the first time in what feels like a long time that I really couldn’t be bothered. There wasn’t really a reason for it… I just didn’t want to get changed and go out. I’d even made a point of having a decent breakfast to prepare, but as the day went on I felt less and less inclined to go. Consequently, getting changed and walking down to the park was an achievement in itself.
On the walk down (literally; it’s downhill) I realised that not only was I hungry, it was warmer and more humid than expected. I found myself wishing I’d worn shorts.
I was shocked to discover that after only one session with three minute intervals I was suddenly expected to run for 4 minutes. Twice. That seems like a huge increase to me.
I managed the first 3 minute run fairly well. On the first 4 minute run I got to three and a half minutes then had to walk. Not too bad for the first attempt I’d say! The second 4 minute run was disappointing as I only managed 2 minutes 20. Then I managed to complete the second and final 3 minute run. Just about.
The heat really got to me. According to my iPhone the temperature was 20 degrees and the humidity 63%. I usually get a bit hot but this was something else – the sweat was pouring from me and I could feel my skin radiating. The longer periods of running were no doubt the cause but the weather certainly did not help.
I found my headphones so listened to music again today. At one point the music was so distracting that I took the earphones out. Silence was much nicer. My mind was racing. The football season appears to have finished because the pitch I usually run around now has no goals and the lines have not been repainted. As a result I spent a fair bit of my run trying to work out where I should be running!
I will definitely be repeating today’s session before moving on.
I appreciate this post is full of excuses and complaints, but despite the fact that I’m disappointed in not completing all of the running intervals I’m actually proud of myself for…
- Going out when I didn’t want to,
- Keeping moving even though it was walking instead of running,
- Getting to this stage! I ran for three and a half minutes today!
- Not quitting. I really wanted to quit.
- My feet were very sweaty today and socks were soaking when I took my shoes off. I usually just wear normal cotton socks. Maybe I should get some sweat wicking sports socks. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
- Once I’d huffed and puffed my way home, stretched and caught my breath I once again felt really good.