10 x better off for running in loathsome weather!
No this is not a list of 10 different things! I recently read a blog that advised NOT to make lists so I won’t!!
Just a short blog about yesterday’s training at the Bergse Runners Club. The basis was EXTREMELY simple and could be on the verge of boring if you did it on your own but in a group is was EXTREMELY fun and effective.
The end result will strengthen your legs and improve your heart rate.
It was a REALLY windy. VERY positive was that about an hour before we were due out it had chucked it down. It was a night when, with the central heating in the house making it all warm and cosy, I almost decided not to run.
But I did.
The trainers had excelled in thinking of fun and useful stuff to do without beating ourselves against the weather. Warming up began running, hopping, skipping, side runs and that exercise where you bash your bottom with your heel – through the Nederhorst den Berg houses. I am sure the neighbours loved us. It was certainly a good way to see the beautiful Christmas decorations.
Then we each took a plastic coloured marker. Split into groups of similar levels and each group trotted off in a different direction. After we had tried to knock each other over whilst standing on one leg, supported each other whilst squatting, run round the markers in a figure of 8 and leaped from one marker to the other (get the impression that this was a leg strengthening training?!) – then the training really began.
Find a long straight road – not too busy (although reality seemed to prove otherwise on this narrow country lane with water either side!), make sure that you have a strong head wind and that its pitch dark (OK so there was a lamp here and there).
Then we ran for one minute fairly swiftly (but no sprinting) into the head wind for one minute. We then set our markers on the ground and ran back again.
Pause for 1 minute.
Then we repeated this 10 times, each time we came back the start marker had been moved out just a little.
It was one of those exercises when after 5x I felt good and this was rather easy. After 7 it started to bite. At 8 I was wanting it to end and 9 & 10 were fab. as we were almost finished and so were my legs!
I am very sure that my legs were 10 x better off for this exercise!