Thursday 26th April
45 minute lower body class
Intervals on :eek:treadmill 1K warm up at 10 min mile, 3 x 1200 @ 6.58 pace with 800 rest at 9 min/mile pace
half hour spin class
Having read and reread my new bible I decided it was time to stop thinking about intervals and actually do a few. My training before Connemara Ultra tended to follow a plan but would conveniently skip the intervals and do only one or two MP LSRs (it’s no wonder I found it hard to PB). The Ultra training suited my “run what I like when I like” mentality.
It’s time to knuckle down now as Berlin is only 5 months away
With the weather this morning as bad as yesterday I decided that it would be of no benefit for me to try my first proper interval session outside in the wind and the rain. The only problem with this is I HATE the treadmill and I haven’t been on one for over a year (when it snowed I got desperate). I recently listened to a martahontalk podcast which extolled the benefits of treadmills for intervals and as I’m a member of a gym I had no excuses.
I nervously popped on to the most secluded treadmill I could find in the gym and spent the first K trying to figure out how to work the machine…
P&D suggest that to get the maximum benefit from the session the intervals should be between 2 and a half and 5 miles so I decided to start with 3 x 1200. When I turned the speed up I started to panic and had visions of me catapulting into the middle of the gym but after a while I relaxed into it. I found it tough but not too tough and if I had eaten properly before I might have attempted a 4th interval. I’m very pleasantly surprised at how well it went. I will definitely use the treadmill again as it’s a really good way to make sure the pace is constant, although I think I’ve read before that treadmills aren’t as tough as real life so I’ll have to take it outside soon enough.
I was a little lightheaded when I finished so I rectified that with a chocolate muffin and a creamy coffee and then I was fit to head into the spin class.
Cycling home by the sea was a bit of an adventure and it was so windy I had to get off and walk for a while, HUGE fabulous waves were splashing in on the coast, I was buzzing and full of energy after a great morning