'Fast' is supposed to be my 5-10k pace, but I found my usual 6mins/km to be unchallenging today. Given these sessions are supposed to leave me feeling that I couldn't have given any more, I might try 5:45 pace next time. I haven't had any races or time trials lately to gauge my speed so not sure where I am at - maybe I'm actually getting fitter!
Wednesday - 40 mins slow
I've been running in my new shoes since Sunday, and today the knee niggle made an appearance. I thought I would ice it, but there was no ice in the freezer so a bag of frozen peas had to do! The niggle basically disappeared after icing for 10 mins.
Thursday - 35 mins slow
Today I ran in my old shoes. I like the idea of alternating shoes for a few reasons. One is injury prevention - switching shoes adds variation and is less repetitive on your body day after day. Two is to let them dry out thoroughly between runs, and I have this third totally-self-made-totally-unproven theory about letting the cushioning recover for a day to extend the life of the shoe.
It's taken a while, but I notice that my running pace is more consistent now:
When I first got my Sportwatch my pace varied a lot:
Now it only varies wildly like that on things like hills and bush tracks!
Saturday - 30 mins slow, with strides
Whoops - forgot the strides!
However this run did include a 33m hill which I ran the whole way up and felt good. Ok, maybe I started to feel it towards the top where it suddenly got steeper!
The reason 33m is relevant is that it has the same elevation gain as the Auckland Harbour Bridge (otherwise known as the 'Coathanger' for reasons you will understand when you look at the photo below), which is part of the Auckland Marathon/Half Marathon.
The bridge climb was an intimidating factor for me entering the half marathon, but as the gradient is much lower than the hill that I just ran it should be a lot easier - I need to stop making imaginary obstacles.
Plus - no knee niggle today!
Sunday - 55 mins slow
Here I am after my 55 mins slow, looking sweaty, but relaxed and happy because it felt so easy!
I ran a new route so that usually makes things more interesting, but there were some uphill portions on the way home that felt a lot easier than expected.
I love it when running feels like this - a great way to cap off the week!
Do you rotate your running shoes?
Are your ice trays in your freezer empty, or topped up ready for a running emergency?
Do you create obstacles in your mind, that turn out to be imaginary obstacles? It reminds me of this quote that has been one of my lifelong favourites:
"Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goals"
I'm a bit too good at finding obstacles and excuses in life, but whenever I recall this quote it reminds me that they are just bridges waiting to be climbed - like the Coathanger :)