It’s been a while, and I apologise, that thing called Life got in the way. After the very soggy parkrun in January, Adam and I only managed one more (on 30th January) and then didn’t run at all until this morning.
After the very wet feet which led to white, numb toes and fingers, I decided that maybe running when there was a chance of having to run through a lot of big puddles wasn’t a good idea. So, not a lot of running on Saturday mornings. On the other Saturdays, either Adam was sick, I was sick or I had to be at work by 10 am instead of 11 am. Whatever the reason, we haven’t run in over 10 weeks. What? 10 weeks?!? That’s ridiculous!
Anyway, this week, I decided that we were going back regardless of the weather and the possibility of huge puddles across the track – there were 3 big puddles which you had to run through or pick your way through the mud, we chose to get very wet rather than very muddy. Fortunately, the sun was shining this morning so it was fairly easy to get out of bed and, more importantly, get Adam out of bed. I’m sure Adam would have tried to stay in bed for an extra half hour if he could but, as he really wants to run the Great Yorkshire Run in July, the York 10K in August and the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon in September, we had to get back out there.
As we haven’t run, at all, for over 2 months, I decided to take us back to the beginning and do run:walk intervals of 1:1. I knew it would be easy and slow but I wanted to give Adam something very manageable. However, at the start there were so many people, and 2 big puddles to go through, that the first run minute was actually a walk (to get to the start line!), so we ran for 2 minutes to get us back on the right intervals – I can’t have my watch telling me that it is a “walk” when it’s a run or vice versa.
After the initial 500m or so, the pack of runners had spread out, especially as we were taking walk breaks after every minute of running. The first km was just under 8 minutes but we managed to speed up for the other 4 km to finish in just under 37 minutes. Not bad considering we haven’t done any training for 10 weeks.
I really enjoyed this morning’s run and am looking forward to next week when I’m going to increase the run interval to 1m30s 🙂 Slowly but surely, we’ll get back to our 5:1 intervals and I may even get back to being able to run the full 5K when training on my own.