Running longer and faster… a few thoughts…

Morning run, intervals and 3 bugs later…

The day started pretty early: 4:50am…even before the clock rang. And this happened after long night sleep of nearly 10,5hours. Yes, you read correctly. Was so tired yesterday, that it went pretty smooth after being back from work: toothbrushing, pj on and bed… But today was another day! jumped into my gears (and yes I will soon stop “jumping” into them, but for now it will do!) and off in the…warm (!) morning. Already 16/17ºC and the clock was still 5:30am! Very cloudy and grey, the lights were a bit moody. Kind of drizzling as well. Pretty heavy legs (OF COURSE! one may say (if one dared!!!) early runs ARE like that!). Took 3-4km to wake them up and from km5 I was on. I am seriously thinking of starting all my runs from km5 and skipping the painful and boring km before that one… Any idea? 🙂 Reached km7 and a smile popped on my face (well, I always have a smile, but this one was even larger!) because I thought I had reached km6! and in a second, I was actually in km7… Fastest km EVER in history of (wo)man! Then time to continue with easy pace and then the km just passed by, 9, 10, 11 and then it was 14km when reaching home after 1:06:40 on the road.

Not much rest when arriving: a 2-min plank, 10min core, shower, a few emails before biking to the naprapath and get a third time of shock wave therapy for the hamstring. Bike home and work-work-work (lunch in front of the computer as working as well) work-work-and-more-work. By 5:30pm, all was closed and tidy and seriously the body was in need for movement. Got all bags of clothes to donate and brought them to the second-hand shop. Then time for second run of the day.

Started with an easy 3.5km warmup and then 8 intervals of 4minutes (1 minute rest for the first four and then 1:30 for the last four ones). Seriously? I could have stopped after the first one. Always tough. Second was fine but after the 3rd one, I seriously considered to turn back, but continued with he 4th one. After the 5th one, Yaaaaa, could have stopped but seriously ? I did not have any other alternative than running back home anyway, so as good to continue the run! 6th interval was a pain and in the middle I seriously (WOW, so serious I have been during this workout!!!!) thought of quitting. Then came 7th and 8th intervals. Average of 1km per interval (or sliiiiiightly more). So very satisfied of the workout : 16,12km in 1:18:14 (incl. the rests). Stretch afterwards, soygurt with honey, cranberries and cereals as well as three freshly pressed oranges. And a very hot sower (I know that it should have been cold, but the brain needed warmth).

Now, you can imagine that I am a bit tired (read: “VERY”) and it will be very nice to chillout in front of the tv. Tomorrow is off as this is Swedish Midsummer.

And what about the bugs? (maybe someone read the title of my posts…): well, with the nice weather coming, and the running in places where trees and greens are all around, nice flying bugs are joining regularly my runs lately. Unfortunately for three of them, they ended in my mouth (but I think I spotted out two)… Always run with close mouth during bugs season, this is my final recommendation!

5 responses

  1. Du kör på bra tycker jag. Det blir dock inte lättare med åldern med “boring km”. Men med 10 timmars sömn borde det gått lätt tycker jag. Antagligen kör du exakt samma runda varje gång. Det kan ju vara en anledning till att det blir boring.

    June 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    • Denna vecka har jag faktiskt kört bara olika sträckor. Så lite kul var det. Mest i huvudet att det är tråkigt. Men som sagt, när km5 dyker upp, är det nåt som händer 🙂

      June 20, 2013 at 10:20 pm

  2. Jo men är det olika från start till 5 km? Du brukar ju alltid köra Pågenspåret.

    June 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    • Bara två pass under senaste två veckor, tror jag. Resten av löprundor var väl blandning av alla gator som kan användas för start egentligen! 🙂
      Till km 5 är det alltid (eller oftast) tråkigt. I Alicante var det så också, när var i USA, likadant…även när jag kör på löpband!!!!

      June 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      • Då är det väl tur att du tävlar mest på maratonsträckan och inte på 5k 😉

        June 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

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