So, I’m always wondering what pace I should start my run on. It’s a tough one and it depends a lot on distance and current energy levels. If I’m running further then I definitely want to settle down into my ‘forever pace’ as quickly as possible and not race off at the start wasting all my energy. If I’m trying to push my time then I want to economize on the good vibes I have at the start of a run, rather than those other vibes that appear just before half way (yes, you know the ones I mean). However, exactly how fast to start off depends on, at least for me, how high I’m feeling at the beginning.
I mean that in two ways; I can be on a good emotional high, feeling fresh and ready to go, and therefore should definitely use the spring in my step to get going. Use that feeling- the more you use it, the more your body will crack it out for you to use! And I also mean you should use the anger-high. I don’t think anyone should ever use exercise as a way to punish their body but most people who love to exercise would be lying if they told you it wasn’t a great release for stress, frustration and anger. Sometimes that ‘grrr’ is all you need to make your run successful.
Today I was so annoyed I forgot to even time myself! But I’m pretty sure I was fast; certainly felt it. I used the bubble of annoyance and pent up energy that had been growing all day and just spontaneously went for a run, half way on my walk home. It wasn’t until I stopped for a brief but intense nose-blowing session (I am mid-cold) that I realised how gross I felt. I was at least wearing some running trousers, albeit ones that don’t really fit me, but on top I was wearing one of my older, definitely-not-sports-bras, a cotton baby-doll tshirt and my big, fluffy Fat Face hoody. Oh dear. It was when I first stopped that I remembered why I bought all my light, breathable, wicking tops and base layers. I remembered why I have my waterproof jacket with air vents and an ultra-light hood. And I remembered why we shell out so much on a safe boob-containing-strategy for our running habits.
I love that equipment, I love using it and I’d certainly recommend much of it. One thing I did remember though, is that, that was exactly how I started running; angry at the world and fairly poorly dressed, with no stamina, poor form and a long way to go. Whatever equipment, or lack of, you have in your wardrobe, I still say just get out there and use that emotion-high to create something you’re proud of. The rest will come.
Signing out for the day 😉
Photo by AJF Stuart Photography