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There’s nothing like a good sprint

Thank god it’s Friday! so it was off to meet my term time 8 O’clock Friday coffee brigade and then on to BMF.  A big turn out today, it was good to see all the usual suspects crawling out of the woodwork and coming back after the christmas break!

Not long into our class, mixed in with some upper body strength work, we did three flat-out races across the football pitch.  There’s nothing like a good sprint (once warmed up) to get my lungs working and blood pumping around my body. After the sprint when we went on to run further down the park it was much easier to run at pace.

It’s the same at races.  I used to find that sometimes at the start of the race I was a bit breathless, partly out of nervousness and partly for going off a bit fast.  I now try and do a brisk paced short warm up run or little sprint before a race.  It’s just enough to get me a bit breathless (and then have time to recover) and works to get the huffy puffy start bit out of the way before the beginning of the real race!

I really love a good sprint.  I liked sprinting at school (and hurdling, before the hurdles grew taller with everyone else and I didn’t).  A good sprint during most sessions is probably what I’ve come to love about BMF and why I’ve been a regular for 6 years. As an adult, unless you are an athlete or club runner, how many opportunities do you get for a really good flat-out sprint?  Lung busting, wind in the hair sprints have to be the best thing for de-stressing, letting out angst and blowing away the cobwebs!

I assure you it is very also very good for the ego to give some of the fellas and youngsters at BMF a good run for their money!

Janathon day 13.  1 hour BMF class (about 2.5 miles)

Today’s Lego (100% from my son because (aparently) sprinting at BMF is boring) for Friday 13th… Fortunately I ate my banana safely after BMF.


Whoop whoop!

At BMF yesterday I was delighted to find that I really can now run without limping and pain-free. What a wonderful feeling! I took it easy to start with (I was also a bit cautious about hurting myself again, not to mention my loss in stamina) but as the class went on and we continued to run I felt better and better. At one point the Instructor called for a race/sprint to try to catch him so I really put my foot down.

What a fabulous feeling to put on a burst of acceleration and sprint flat-out again – for me the best de-stressor there is. It felt so good that I was very happy to run again quickly afterwards and had to stop myself yelling out ‘whoop whoop yippee my new leg works!’

Exuberance over, I had a timely Physio appointment later to continue to ease my hip and glute muscles plus this time a few other poor bits of me by then feeling the strain from my earlier efforts.

Today I was very keen to run again and was beginning to think about what sort of long runs I could manage before the Royal Parks Half in 2 weeks. Fortunately my sensible side won over and I decided not to overdo it too soon. I went to the gym where I did an easy run on the treadmill doing Audiofuel pyramid 180 intervals (I jogged / ran the intervals rather than ran / sprinted them) for 20 minutes and then after a good stretch I continued on the bike for another 20 minutes to make sure my total calories burned were more than a glass of vino!