I'll start off by saying I'm feeling a LOT better today and I've pretty much shaken off the flu I managed to get last week. It felt much easier to run with my breathing being faultless once again; I still have a runny nose, but that doesn't really hinder me, it's just really annoying!
I planned today to do an endurance effort, and incorporate some surges into it. I decided on a different route, whereby I'd run 5km at somewhere in between 4:50m/km & 5:00m/km and then I'd do two laps of Eaton Park (about 2.95km) flat-out at tempo (somewhere between 4:00m/km and 4:15m/km). I'd then repeat the same route and paces before heading back home. When I headed out it was a very different story however. We're in the middle of a storm and the winds are 30mph+ with gusts of 60mph - let's just say running into the wind was almost impossible. I'd successfully done the first 5km and was ready to kick on in Eaton Park but I simply couldn't, I was leaning forward and trying to power through the wind but it was a struggle to move at all - instead I ran pretty steady at 5:00m/km but it was more of a resistance training sort of effort opposed to a tempo surge. I'd done one lap, and then the torrential rain started which just added to the misery. I stopped after the second lap and took about a minute to recover from the wind that had taken EVERYTHING out of me, and contemplated finishing the run there. I decided that I was wet & soggy already so there was little point stopping. Instead of doing the final two laps of Eaton Park the second time, I just went straight back and cut it there, but picked up the pace for the 5km bit.
Every day is a good day when you run. Kevin Nelson
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