Hell no, it is definitely winter, I’d been sat in my single-glazed 200 year old cottage freezing my bum off all day and I really didn’t want to go outside, least of all in thin layers, to run on one of the coldest nights so far!
Against every instinct in my body I decided to go, club night! I couldn’t resist! It’s shamefully become my only run of the week due to university work overload so I couldn’t miss it even though it was how you say Baltic outside! Brrrr!
The groups were explained and there seemed to be one designed just for me! Thanks James! So, of course I decided to go for this one! This was the 50-55 minutes for a 10k group which would be a weekly thing on the run up to the Stubbington 10k in Jan, which I forgot to enter! 😦
With a mixture of faster paced running and some speed work it was really good. The hill runs were a killer, me and hills are not friends! Running with a group of people really helps spur you on when you want to give up and believe me, it happens to me a lot! Iron will? Noooooope! Unfortunately not, but with another classic James quote in mind “You can either have excuses or results” I went for the latter!
After a 2 mile warm up and some hill runs so we were exhausted we next aimed to do 1k in under 5 minutes. This part was to challenge us as when reaching a halfway point in a 10k you can lose steam so this would hopefully give us the kick we needed to smash the second half.
The first 1k I think I made it in 5.05, second was under 5 and the third i don’t think was timed and my Garmin failed on me. Really need to figure out how to use it properly before a run! So all in all pretty successful!
The last thing we did before our final run back to the centre was lamp post sprints, which entailed sprinting two lamp posts and recovery back to one or two… I forgot which one! Then repeat repeat repeat until we were all so knackered we couldn’t go anymore!
It was great! I got to chat and get to know a few more crusaders while bonding over our utter exhaustion! It’s definitely nice to talk to people who love running as much as you do and I even forgot how cold it was after a while!
Feeling the crusader love tonight! Can’t wait until next week!
Wrap up and get out!