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It worked


Since I wrote about hating long runs earlier this month, most of my running has been at flat-out pace or at least one that requires a lot of effort.  From running a half marathon to bashing out mile or kilometer intervals at BMF run club. I’ve also pushed myself back up to the faster group for BMF classes where they take off at a hell of a pace with my little legs screaming ‘whatever happened to the warm up?’

This Thursday, half way around my second mile repeat at run club, I turned the corner into the wind, and thought something like “this is blooming hard work” and “wouldn’t it be nice to go for a nice easy long SLOW run on a warm evening instead!”

My calves and achillies are aching and definitely telling me to ease off all the high intensity stuff and add back a few easy paced runs.  I’ve also found myself adding songs to my iPod shuffle because I thought they’d be great to listen to out on a long run.

Looks like I have invented my cure.  Just as well because I have entered Brighton Marathon 2014.

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

5 thoughts on “It worked

  1. Well done. If you’re not a “routine” sort of person everything gets boring if you keep doing it for long enough. Mixing it up is the way forward. xx

  2. And as an added bonus i bet your long slow ones will have improved too.

  3. I simply have to have my enjoyable runs at an enjoyable pace. Otherwise, I`d give up. At least the weather`s improving, and that will make a difference too.

  4. I’ll be at mile 21 to support 🙂

  5. I think all runners need variety. It is so easy to get bogged down when attempting exactly the same exercise at every session.

    A good mix of fast and slow, hard and easy balances out to produce well balanced training.

    Well done for pushing yourself.

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