Six weeks to go to the Brighton Half marathon and my training schedule is really kicking in. No more 5km short runs (short runs are now 9.5kms) or two day rest days. No more long warm up sessions. Just plain hardcore mileage, and in my case dreaming up new excuses not to get out the door, to avoid imagined pain, and possible death by running.
I knew it was coming, a week ahead I could see the 15km Run leering at me from my Nike+ training calendar. And it has hills, this route, hills and intervals and very few traffic lights (so no cheeky breaks) and generally was engineered to make me cry. I should know, I created it myself when feeling particularly fit and, in hindsight, was probably whacked out on endorphins and therefore, slightly crazed.
Having already moved the session from Saturday to Sunday, I really couldn’t find any more excuses to put it off any longer. Having not run this far since the Great Scottish Run last Sept, its no wonder I was feeling more than nervous about heading out. But I did, thanks to the new running play list. Particularly a bit of Vitalic – Poison Lips, which was just what I needed to get out of the fear and into the zone.
An hour and forty five minutes later I got home feeling exhilarated but exhausted and my legs felt like lead, and with another long week of training ahead, I can’t afford to be feeling broken! I’ve heard about the benefits of ice baths from various magazines, blogs and sites, but I have never had the guts to try one out. This seemed like the best time, which feels very odd with it being 6 degrees outside! But sometimes the crazy stuff works the best.
And yes, it was very cold (and I didn’t include ice, the water in the pipes was freezing enough!). But, not has bad as I thought, as my core was still very warm from the run. Proof will come in the morning when I’ll be able to see if I can actually get out of bed without fits of bad language and many many nurofen!
Now, to fill up on pasta with R’s homemade pesto (it’s legendary) and copious amounts of Yazoo (best recovery chocolate milk ever!)