Combine sprints and burpees and what do you get? A mega speed workout that leaves you gasping for air. This is what our sweet little PT got us bootcampers to do Monday week ago. 1 x burpee, 1 x 20m sprint, 2 x burpees, 2 x 20m sprints… all the way up to 9! This was on the day after another 21.1kms, this time run with The Running Group.
Surprisingly on that Monday as I tentatively swung my feet out of bed I found I wasn’t stiff and sore but feeling pretty good. I got through the day still feeling great. This is amazing considering the increase in distance I’d been running over the last month – I expect to be stiff and sore. Monday night came and I was really looking forward to bootcamp.
I loved that burpee and sprint session. I pushed myself and kept going even though the burn was telling me to stop. It was a great feeling to complete the session knowing I’d given it my all.
That week on my scheduled runs I concentrated on making each one a negative split (making the second half faster than the first). They were not negative by much more than a minute but they were still a bit faster. The 1.2kms of the driveway on the return home has become somewhat of a challenge. I’ve pushed myself to go as fast as I can. I’m learning that my lungs won’t explode and I can sustain a faster pace for at least 1km.
Parkrun dawned. It was cold but the rain hadn’t started. Sometimes I just run around parkrun and don’t push myself, other times I try really hard. This parkrun I wanted to be in the 26s. At the 2km mark I was feeling really good so applied a bit of acceleration. I found myself passing people [SHOCK]. I decided to keep going at this faster pace. I made it to the last 1km and pushed even harder! My breathing was terrible! You know that person who sounds like a steam train and you wonder if you should call the ambulance? That was me.
25:20! I took 18 seconds off my PB and ran 5kms in the 25s for the third time!
I’m so extremely amazed by this. Through running I’ve exploded my concept of what I think I’m capable of. The PB was wonderful but what is more wonderful is the confidence increase it has given – I feel even more excited about attempting to run up that mountain in November.
Happy running 🙂
PS Husband wasn’t there but it was so good to receive encouragement from the lovely new people that Husband and I have met through parkrun. Sweet. I get such a buzz from hearing what every one is doing. I’m so not alone in the running journey of going a little bit harder, a little bit further and tentatively setting goals to do things that before weren’t considered possible. I’m loving the way running explodes boundaries for everyone.