Another two miles pegged last night. I ran round the local park and along the path next to the railway line. I’ve finally worked out how to use the alarms on my Garmin, so it buzzed loudly when I got to my two mile marker. I have not been so relieved to hear an alarm for a long time. As I was walking home, I got thinking – when does this get easier?
I know this is all relative. I can run for a lot longer, a lot faster than when I first started out. My very first run was 1.94 miles, at a 16:23 minute mile. Ok I’m hardly up to Mo Farah standards of quick, but I ran 2 miles today at a 12:01 minute mile. That was with walk break in both runs. Frustratingly, I seem to be struggling to run for 30 minutes straight. I’m heading out too quickly and tiring myself. Also, I’m now running on pavements where I have to stop to cross the road, and have started incorporating hills. Unsurprisingly I am able to run downhill for much longer than run up. That’s to be expected I guess. Bulk is gravity’s friend and vice versa.
I remember going out for the first time on 25th January and being so pleased with myself for being able to complete Week 1 Run 1. I also remember it feeling pretty difficult (though the weather didn’t help). I couldn’t have run at the speed I run at now for longer than 30 seconds. When I take walk breaks now, I am able to recover within a minute and get going again.
However, it isn’t easy. Please, someone, tell me it does get easier?!
I’m mostly back on plan today, with my syns much closer to where they should be (still 21, so not amazing, but comparatively much better than they were). For some strange reason, I have had a mad craving for cereal bars today. This can be a difficult thing for me to handle, as I do love cereal bars. I had also a moment with a Mr Kipling Lemon Slice. I am feeling better for it already though, so I’ll be saying goodbye to the 1.5lbs I put on this week.
Tonight’s cross training consists of spinning. I’m hoping for Pendulum – Slam to be one of the tracks (high resistance with short sprints). I’m also looking forward to seeing N, as I haven’t seen her for a week and a half or so, and we’ve both been busy so it’ll be nice to have a natter.