After yesterday’s post I had quite a long think. I was so disappointed to think that I hadn’t ‘improved’ in the last 10 months, a conclusion I came to when reviewing the times of my 10 parkruns since September.
Of course I have improved since my first walk -run in April 2012 because now I can move in a way that I consider to be running, (though I appreciate that it might look like a shuffle to the outsider). I have done a 10k which I wouold have thought impossible a year ago and I did manage to improve my parkrun time once!
So why does it matter? I should just be running because I love it and enjoy it shouldn’t I?
Well I do, but part of that enjoyment is thinking that it is doing me good and I am getting fitter. If I thought that I wasn’t ever going to run further or faster (or that it was going to get easier) then I would find it hard to keep going.
So I’m going to try to get faster. I have avoided doing any interval training before because its a bit difficult: remembering what I am supposed to do,trying to find somewhere flat, estimating the right distance (not one of my skills). I could do it by time, but one of the problems of being middle aged is that despite having a fantastic garmin sportswatch, I can’t read the dial without my glasses!
Maybe the treadmill is the answer? I went to the gym. Imagine my surprise to find that there is a button on there for ‘intervals’! After a play around deciding what was jogging speed and running speed I think I have worked it out, so there’s no excuse now! No slacking either. Its obvious if you slow down or stop on a treadmill, you can’t kid youself. My plan is to do an intervals/treadmill session once per week for the next 6 weeks and to see if it helps.
I’ll let you know!