Run Free! Run Slow!
I had a bit of an epiphany yesterday. As I think I’ve mentioned before when I used to be a pretty fit and competitive cyclist I used to run a little. I wasn’t good but could run a 5k at at a reasonable pace. Since I’ve been losing weight and getting fit I’ve been trying to run. To say it’s been frustrating is an understatement.
I started by trying the C25K (couch to 5K) that everyone always goes on about. I really couldn’t get on with it I didn’t like running with things in my ears and the instructions just annoyed me. So since that failure I’ve been doing my own intervals of run a bit walk a bit. I’ve also done a lot of this intervals with my lab (who loves it). I was getting so frustrated though I just couldn’t work out why I wasn’t able to lengthen the running bits and join them together so I could run further. I just couldn’t work it out. I swim loads and walk a lot so my fitness should be there so why couldn’t I do it?
The other day I was reading around and stumbled across someone with the same problem. All the advice he was being given was to run slower even if it seems too slow. You should almost be able to hold a conversation. So yesterday I tried it. I left my house on my normal mile and half route and started. It seemed deadly slow almost embarrassing but I decided to keep at that pace. I went past the first mark where I normally stop then the second then up the hill and continued on until I was nearly home one more hill. For the first time on 12 years plus I have continuously run 1.5 miles! I am so proud it worked running slow worked. yes OK maybe my time is a minute slower than my run/walk time hopefully though speed will come in time.
So my advice is Run Free! Run Slow! don’t be embarrassed because you think it’s too slow just do it and you’ll amaze yourself. So this week I am planning to do that route a couple of times and continue the odd interval session with my lab to help with speed then hopefully over the next few weeks I can increase distance and speed.