Two runs tonight, sort of. It’s a Tuesday, so that meant Cullybackey Cosy Sofa and, on this occasion, a run back home.
This was week five of the club Couch to 5k programme in the village of Cullybackey, and since it was a consolidation week it meant a repeat of last week’s 3-8-3-8 splits. It’s great to see the numbers coming out being maintained although, admittedly tonight was a much nicer evening than last Tuesday!
I slotted in with Stephen’s group tonight and enjoyed a comfortable run around 3km of the village although he did seem to go out of his way to find every single climb in the place! Not necessarily a bad thing because you can never run up too many hills, it’s all good training.
After that, because it was such a pleasant evening, I decided to run the four miles or so back home.
I wanted to put my recent heart rate training to the test but, very quickly, it turned into something else. I started off slowly, trying to stay within range of zone 3 and was a little frustrated with my time after the first kilometre, so I decided to up the pace just a bit … and when the second kilometre came in quicker and within range I wondered if I could negative split the whole run.
Reasoning with myself that this could be quite a useful exercise I upped the tempo a little more for km3 and, again, it was faster … and so it continued. Four was faster than three, five faster than four and so on. Indeed, the differences were getting greater the longer I ran, by the end I was chipping ten seconds off each one and the surprising thing was my heart rate didn’t increase by much.
Quite honestly, for me, this was an amazing run. I didn’t walk to bring my heart rate down, I just slowed my run and then gradually increased my speed again. According to my Garmin I came in at Aerobic 3.8 which was within the range I was aiming for.
It was a very measured and calculated run which took a bit of focus to maintain, but I guess it’s evidence that I’m perhaps becoming a more intelligent runner.
Oh, and an added little bonus? I wore my new trainers and barely experienced any issues with them!!! Hopefully, the 10k covered tonight means I’ve finally broken them in.