5k Sub 30, Week 2 – Splits, I think they’re called

Had to delay the long run until after the weekend, as I wasn’t feeling too good. That might also explain why it was a tricky one!

Week 2, Day 8

Felt good to start with, but gradually got more and more tired. It’s quite weird having to run to a programme set in miles when I’m so used to working in kilometres, but it doesn’t make a difference either way really. I was a bit disappointed with the pace, really, but did feel pretty worn out by the end.

Week 2, Day 10

Today was all about the time. 4 minutes steady running with one minute walking. I didn’t go as far as I would have liked, but I must say my calves were really protesting today. At first my legs just felt heavy, but by the end of each running stint my calves were not happy.

It wasn’t a bad run overall though. My favourite thing is the, er, splits, I think they’re called. The running stints had paces – 8:04, 8:26, 8:10, 8:31 and 8:09. So clearly I run faster then need a whole other interval to recover!

Week 2, Day 12

This workout always seems to start with a five minute warmup, which is fine, but during that and the first fast interval, my calves were hurting again and my shins felt a bit odd. I was worried about it, and I’m starting to wonder if my shoes need replacing. Either way, by the second running stint, it was feeling okay and I continued onwards.

I wish the Runkeeper app could tell you which interval you’re on, or how many are left. I felt like I’d been running for ages, and the penultimate running stint took me surprise, and then there was a whole other one after that! Feeling pretty tired after these workouts, but it’s a good tired, like I am achieving something.

4 thoughts on “5k Sub 30, Week 2 – Splits, I think they’re called

  1. Hi Christine, did you have a gait analysis when you got your running shoes. If not go to a decent running shop and get them to video you on a treadmill. This will then ensure you have the right type of running shoes. If you find a good shop they will spend (if needed) 1/2 hour trying all different shoes to make sure you get the right ones. I can’t stress enough how important this is. By the way the correct running shoes should give you at least 1000 miles worth of running. Stuart

  2. Thanks for the advice Stuart. I have to admit that I would run 1000 miles to get away from any kind of analysis like that. I can’t run on a treadmill and I definitely don’t want people watching me!

    I understand that it’s important, I definitely felt the difference when I switched from some silly old deck shoes to proper running trainers. It was the most money I’d spent on shoes in a long time!

  3. stuartrav has offered some excellent advice but I can understand why it may be a litte daunting for you 🙂 Did you know that some podiatry clinics also offer gait analysis? You may feel more comfortable with just you and the podiatrist in the room. Aside from that, keep up the good work!

  4. I’ve just gone through the process of gait analysis – and it wasn’t too bad. Very worth it for the fact that the new shoes I now use have completely eliminated all the pain I had while running and I’m going much faster now.

    I can’t stress enough how much of a difference it makes but I can say that on the first run with them I went 1 minute per km faster and didn’t ache afterwards!

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