Having basked in the tired glory of having done 22km over two days, I thought today I would do a nifty 5km.
That was the plan, in my head I was going to semi-sprint (I know – it isn’t a word) around the City and get back home with warm up and cool-down done in about 40 minutes. The principle being, the quicker I get the less time it will take me to do the challenge and leave me some spare ‘non-running oriented’ time.
In my head I was semi-sprinting, in my legs I wasn’t – as became apparent at the end of the run. I came across Fruiterers Passage on the North Bank – I’ve never been in there before and managed a quick pic looking back at the Shard. There were quite a few couples walking and in hand on a nice sunny day in London on the North Bank, all being buzzed by a middle-aged sweaty runner.
Running back home, I passed Polpo – one of the few Italian restaurants in London I’d actually eat in. They have a festive menu celebrating women’s achievements. I thought it may be worth a visit, then I saw the menu – Broccoli – yuck, Gnocchi – yuck, yuck and Wet Polenta – yuck, yuck, yuck. No conundrum there, I’ll wait until we are back in Italy to eat Italian food.
But my actual conundrum is this – if I can run faster I can get the challenge done without it taking all my spare time and energy. But to move from arthritic semi-sprinting to proper fast running , means I need to do interval training. Interval training is short, sharp sprinting, interspersed with less-fast running. But when I’ve tried this before I can only manage 35 minutes and cover about 3km – and that is far short of my stated 5km minimum run for the challenge. I haven’t got enough energy to be able to do the interval training as well as the challenge, nor would it be healthy, as I wouldn’t be giving my bod any rest time.
The challenge will have to stay as it is, and I will put the idea of semi-sprinting/sprinting into the area of brain for middle aged delusions.
I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club
Cars – Gary Numan
The Tears Of A Clown – The Beat
Trapped – Colonel Abrams
Enola Gay – OMD
I Am The Law – Human League
The Reflex – Duran Duran
Electricity – OMD
Temptation – Heaven 17
All She Wants Is – Duran Duran
Vienna – Ultravox
Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Planet Earth – Duran Duran
Average Pace 6:19 (mins/km) – absolutely rubbish not sprinting at all
Elevation Gain 40 metres
Kms Run 435.6
Kms To Do 1582.4
No instructions there, so I’ll do some squats and something interesting with a kettle bell… (who thought that could even be a phrase?)