I decided to fly solo tonight and do my Wednesday intervals on my own.
This was a ‘sit and stare at the walls’ type of day so I needed an endorphin boost – and quick. I could have gone to the club session but, not feeling particularly sociable, elected just to do it on my own.
I couldn’t figure out how to programme my Garmin to do exactly what the club schedule suggested so I went as near to it as I could, so that was 9×2 with 90 seconds recovery, the exact same as I did about four weeks ago so it was going to be interesting to see my progress in that time.
And to keep it as close as possible to last time I kept to more or less the same route ie: the Antrim Road and the dual carriageway.
I wasn’t really feeling it, it was raining, it was cold and it was dark. I didn’t push myself as hard as I maybe could or should have but, I’m delighted to report, I was 1min 8secs per mile faster across the entire session. That’s showing some real improvement in under a month.
It felt quite comfortable as well. I didn’t do the whole ‘run like you feel like puking’ thing that I might do with the club but I was still faster. I hope/think that’s positive. I’m definitely feeling stronger nowadays.
So what does the rest of the week bring? I think I’ll be in the forest a couple of times, and maybe I’ll take in parkrun on Saturday morning for a change. I have no road races lined up now until Race Over The Glens on New Years’ Day so it’s all systems go training for that.
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