After Sunday’s half marathon, I was not sure that I wanted to run any time soon and my Garmin backed me up by suggesting I take up backgammon or gardening or, at the very least, take 72 hours off before training hard again.
Although the garden needs some attention, I really enjoy Lordshill Road Runners’ Monday night training sessions and didn’t want to miss it as I knew I’d not be able to train with the club later in the week due to needing to ferry the boys around for their weekly activities.
With the decision made to go and train, I wasn’t sure whether to join my normal group, E, in one of my favorite sessions,’City Loop’, or drop down to group D and do a session called ‘Catch Me If You Can’. My head said go for the latter. My heart said stick with group E. In all likelihood, I’d regret either decision later.
I decided to follow my heart and chose ‘City Loop’.
Having battled the traffic across town, I got to Hill Lane at about 6:10 pm and then headed over the road to Tauntons College for registration.
There were a lot of members out for training (attendance seems to grow weekly regardless of weather) although notably quite a few regular faces appeared to be missing. Could it be the earlier rain, the chilly breeze, or something exciting on TV? The reality appeared to be that many who’d run the half marathon had wisely chosen to have a rest day. Had I made a mistake?
As group E set off up Hill Lane, I was pleased that my legs were working ok and not screaming at me. I was looking forward to the descent along Winchester Road to the western end of Shirley High Street though.
Within the first 10 minutes my Garmin advised that my Recovery Check was ‘fair’. Far better feedback than I’d expected.
I shalln’t bore you with the details of the session other than to say that we did some Fartleks along Shirley High Street which I enjoyed immensely.
In fact, I loved the whole session. There’s no way I’d have gone out and run 5 miles the day after a half marathon without having the club session to motivate me so my decision was the right one. It felt great to complete the session and that restored my confidence in my running.