After being a member of Lordshill Road Runners for a couple of years, I finally made it to my first Monday night training session last night. Why was it my first? Well, the session is from 6:30 ’til 7:30pm and tends to clash with the boy’s bedtime. It also clashes with the STC swim sessions which run from 7 ’til 9pm so I’ve tended to try to do the 8 – 9pm swim session.
However, with Denise and the boys at Legoland for the day and not expecting to get home until late, I decided to give Monday night training a go.
The sessions are aimed at runners of all abilities and the participants are split into different groups based on their pace. That’s worked out based on recent 5K or 10K race times, Run Britain rankings and/or training goals.
I checked out the extensive information on the LRR training pages and decided that I was able to get myself into Group E (group A is the beginners group, Group G is for the balls-out super-fast runners who travel on foot at break-neck speeds without breaking into a sweat. I break into a sweat putting my running shoes on.
The groups meet on the ‘lawn’ in front of Tauntons College on Hill Lane and shortly after I arrived, it was clear that it was going to be popular with lots of members and new faces too.
Fellow Thunder Run team member Laura had decided to try out the session and was in group D. We spoke briefly before I introduced her to Lynda who explained the session to her.
Meanwhile, our group was growing in size as more people turned up. It was good to see lots of familiar faces and chat with many of them. parkrun regulars Becky Cleeves and Alison Crooks were also members of the group which was led by Run Leader Dave Johnston.
Before long, it was time to head out for our session which consisted of progressive intervals along Cemetery Road. However, we had to get there first and that means a warm up around the top of the Common. Southampton parkrunners will know this as the most challenging but of the course. It was no less challenging on the warm up!
I ran alongside Becky Cleeves and we chatted most of the way to Cemetery Road although, in honesty, my chatting was gradually subsiding as the warmup continued! At that point I was wondering whether I should have joined Group A!
After a few moments (too few!) it was time to start the intervals. With about 10 of us in the group, the range of abilities meant I was about 3/4 of the way back in the group which I was absolutely fine with.
The session consisted of:
3 x 15 seconds fast pace with jog back
3 x 30 seconds fast pace
3 x 45 seconds fast pace
3 x 1 minute fast pace
1 x 90 seconds fast pace
With the heat and humidity, it was more challenging that it should have been but overall it was a great session.
On the last effort, Becky was cruising at a great speed. By this point, I was feeling a little too lethargic but tried to catch them up. It wasn’t to be though and I burned out about 20 seconds before the end of the interval.
Having completed the intervals, we just had to jog back to the Bellemoor triangle. I say ‘just’ but that jog was more of a shuffle for me!!
At the ‘triangle’ we did some cool down stretches before heading off in different directions. I spoke briefly with Laura who had found her ‘hills’ session fun but tough.
So, that was it. My first LRR training session. Really enjoyed it. Will I go again? I hope to!!