Yesterday I ran a very, very slow and lazy 10km and it was wonderful.
I ran around my neighbourhood - basically from one side to the other - and looked at things, and took it all in, and people-watched as I slowly plodded along the footpath. It was great.
It wasn't that long ago that I could barely run 3 kilometers without stopping. I had lost the joy of running, and I wasn't just in a slump but got trapped at the bottom of a gorge. And now, I've raced 10km on a Saturday and run a recovery 10km on Monday. And not only did I do that but I really enjoyed it.
Perhaps 80/20 is going to work for me! I couldn't be happier.
I read this naff motivational quote on Twitter this week that said something like 'running is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate'. It really struck a chord with me, because running has never been a punishment for me - it has always been about joy.
I wonder if that's why all I really care about is getting to a point where I can run for a very long way. I've never really been driven by pace - and while I enjoy a PB as much as the next person, it's never been a big driving factor for me.
When running is not a joy then it's not worth doing.
Today I ran a slow 5km in my new trainers - a present from my parents for my birthday (technically not until Saturday!). So far so good, with noticably more room in the toebox than my old Brooks Pure Connect 2s, I managed to finish the run still able to feel my toes! A good sign all around.
I've also signed up for a 10km race on the 20th of May, with a friend. We're going to plod around the back being social.
I'm still reading 80/20 Running, which I've spoken about before. I'm playing around with the difference in HR vs. pace zones for my training, but I think I will end up sticking with HR.
According to pace zones today I spend most of my run in 'Endurance':
But, by heart rate I am mainly in 'Tempo' - which is not where I should be.
I don't (yet) know enough about it, and I haven't (yet) read far enough into 80/20 Running to get a proper sense of what I should be aiming for, so I will continue to investigate and experiment.
Also - if someone could explain to me what a Strava Suffer Score is, that would be great!
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