Week #1 was a pretty disastrous start to my training but one good thing came out of it: post knee injury at the end of May, I could run again, slowly but close to pain free.
I’ve been there and done that though, it would be a mistake to suddenly turn the dial to full power, inevitably straining the tendons. This week, I tried to increase the mileage, without increasing the pace yet. So, I called upon the girlfriends. There’s no better way to do a slow run, than chitchatting and getting the latest gossip rundown from the girls.
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself.”
― Haruki Murakami,
* Week #2 in numbers:
- 35km broken in 4 workouts.
- A reformer Pilates and a core strength yoga session.
- Sunday run was 15km, easy pace.
Monday was a short 30min run and a “reformer Pilates” session…ouch ouch this hurts!!! I suppose it was nothing that couldn’t be offset by a girly lean protein dinner post session. Tuesday was rainy, but it didn’t stop our gossip run. Sometimes trainers talk about “talking pace”, but the gossip pace is a few notches slower, more like, giggling, bad mouthing, screaming and interrupting each other pace. An hour and 15min of that, the perfect girly gossip catch up. Nice.
Thursday I joined the boys for a back from work run. I was meant to plug some intervals on Friday but lazily missed it and stayed in, baked some healthy muffins that were meant to last for breakfast for a while and lasted all in all until Saturday morning. Saturday was dedicated to a 2h straining yoga class, where most people were walking on their hands. I struggled with the headstand for about 90min and as I’m writing this, my shoulders are aching seriously!!
The great news is that we went for a 15k run this morning; and I can still run pain free. Yehiiii
* What running app to use?
Seems to be a very popular question!?
I use Adidas MiCoach and I have for a long time, and that is one of the main reasons I’m sticking with it for now: transferring data must be a pain! The 2nd reason is that I have been following their free marathon training plans for years now, and it’s always worked quite well for me.
In term of accuracy, Garmin is widely reputed for having one of the best tracking system out there, and is hugely popular with runners. Partner has one and when we run together I’m able to compare / contrast our tracks and results: MiCoach for iPhone comes up with very similar results to Garmin. We also compared the proposed programs from the Garmin app vs the Adidas one, and again, we’re into something quite standard, very similar: recovery Monday, intervals / hills / tempo run mid week, and some more stamina runs on the weekend.
I used to run with the heart rate monitor (HRM) on and track my BPM as well…and then I stopped. I wasn’t actually expert enough (or just not geeky enough) to manage my heart rate data in a way that would improve my running.
I did a professional lactate threshold test in 2013, but the brackets I was meant to run into in order to improve my LT were so ridiculously low, I eventually gave up out of boredom.
Running is a pleasure, a hobby, and bringing a little bit of technology in maybe good, but I have my limits.
I think the choice between Garmin or free apps depends on what one does with it. Clearly the Garmin watch is a very convenient format, and smartphone are not getting any smaller it seems, making them bulking to carry. But they telephone. Meaning if I spring my ankle at the park I can call for help, and if I can’t find the buddies at the end of a race I can call them (breaking news: phones are actually made to make phone calls). In term of battery, it’s also hugely variable, but it seems Garmin watches are wining this battle.
So all in all, I’m quite undecided, but I think I’ll stick to the good old phone in my pocket for now, also because I can take cute pictures of baby swans on the Canal with it.