After too much procrastination I got out for a run today. Only when I came to review it in my log did I realise that it has been 2 whole weeks since my last run. I knew it had been a while but that was a surprise. It was hard going while I was out, I was feeling it in my lower back ( a sure sign of too much sitting) and puffing like a steam engine, but 2 weeks! Despite it being hard work it felt good to be doing it, to be overcoming ‘not been for a run’.
TOday was my first run with my upgraded ‘map my run’ app (subscription required). It now includes voice coaching so I can set my target pace and every 2 minutes the woman who lives in the phone tells you how fast you are running and then says ( in my case) speed up! I have now reset it ready for tomorrow to a more realistic pace! I had set it to 30s faster than my current best average which although it might be what I’m aiming for over the next few weeks I see now that it might be more sensible to drop it by 5s at a time! It’s quite demoralising to be told to speed up when you are pushing yourself to keep up! Anyway, I’m mentally prepared for tomorrow and I haven’t got any commitments so I’m hoping for a better run then.
The plant based diet has had a positive effect on my body composition. As I don’t find it difficult I will continue with it.it would be good to think that adding the diet and the running together will have additional benefits. I’ll let you know!