My, it's parky out isn't it? Mrs HF and I are a tad more sensitive to it at the moment because we've spent the festive period on an Exodus trip touring Vietnam and Cambodia (hence no blogging). We're used to 28-31 degrees C and humidity upwards of 80%. So it was a bit of a shock when I went out this lunchtime for a quick half-hours poddle around the lanes in the sleety rain!
After the diabolical year that was 2010, I'm hoping 2011 will be a lot better, running wise. To that end, I'm going to try and introduce a bit more structure into my training this year.
I've been hugely impressed with Runningbear's spreadsheet, target HR, scientific, precision-running, timetable approach, even if I know that I could only stick to it for about 5 minutes before it all went pear-shaped.
So my programme will be more yer classic slow, steady Sunday run, dipping into a rotating selection of intervals, hill reps, Kenyan hills, fartlek, doglek and tempo runs during the week. I'm going to go through the Bible, otherwise known as the FRA Fixtures Calendar & Handbook, to try and pick out some races that can act as mini targets through the year.
But first I needed to assess my baseline fitness after having spent three weeks doing nothing more strenuous than a bit of flat cycling and a couple of hours in a kayak. I also had my traditional festive cold which I'm now just getting over. That was what today's run was about.
Basically I went up the hills from home for 15 minutes, turned round and came home, all the time monitoring the following:
- degree of raspyness of the breathing
- closeness to the 'bugger this for a game of soldiers' mind meltdown
- level of agreement/disagreement with the statement: 'I'm getting to old for all this nonsense'
- degree of curiosity about 'How fast can I run if I train properly and consistently?'
- scale of enjoyment about defying the weather
- my personal coefficient of belonging (0= outsider, 1=committed) to the fellowship of runners
Let's hope this optimism lasts.
Smileyrating for this run 5/10. Not great. Not total cr*p.