Well last run of the week and I’m back on my own again. My running partner has called it a day after damaging his knee. Having a set of working knee’s is somewhat important in their line of business, so it’s not something they can afford to ignore.
So back to the country park, back on with the headphones and head down. They will need to do something about the grass here it’s starting to look like something from Jurassic Park, replete with velociraptors in the long grass.
Actually, as runs go this was very straight forward. I was finding I was recovering pretty much after each run within the 2 minute walk period. Which makes a huge difference, certainly psychologically. In fact the last run I extended out to 2 minutes to see what it was like ahead of next week’s sessions.
Running on my own allowed me to focus on my own pacing, which was certainly slower and hence less stressful than the last two runs. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, i.e. should I be being pushed to go faster at this stage or as many seem to indicate get through the program at any speed and then focus on building up speed later when you have the distance. I tend to think the latter is a probably the better route, or at least the less painful one.
I will need to get some new running shoes the soles on the ones I have are starting to fall apart. Sad really because it’s not through over use, rather probably a result of sitting in sun in the porch for 5 years not being used. I think I’ll also sort out the rucksack, it’s starting to annoy me and as it’s total overkill to carry my keys.
Another unexpected benefit of running is, I’ve actually developed a tan and one that actually protects me from the sun. It might seem like an odd thing to those of you who are lucky enough to be able to tan, but given my Welsh DNA, I have a tendency to go from pale white directly to lobster red, even with the application of factor 30 sun block. I suspect it’s a situation not helped by spending 20+ years under florescent lights. I came home after today’s run to wash the sweat off my face only to find myself looking at a face full of freckles, a sight I hadn’t seen in a very very long time. Skin cancer here we come!
Overall week 2 has been a lot easier than week 1, which I guess should come as no surprise, probably made even easier by re-running week 1. Next week the program ramps it up to 3-minute runs which is a bit worrying, I’ve seen I’ve got 2 minutes in my legs but another minute? Hmmm not so sure.