Some little pieces of prettiness that I encountered on my Sunday run. Catching glimpses of deepening hues warms my heart and brings an added element of joy to my run.
I tossed in some variety into the run itself too, and decided on a whim to run intervals. I have no idea what my landspeed record is. Never occurred to me to check before though I`ve a distinct feeling that I`m a tad shy of Roger Bannister`s four minute mile.
Funny thing is, just as Roger-and runners of his time-were scared of literally bursting their hearts in the attempt- I realised that I have similar fears. Fear of injuring myself in some way, fear of having a heart attack on the spot.
And it`s there the similarity with Bannister ends. Or with any other average Joe Bloggs runner, for that matter.
The truth is, I am not a gifted runner. Just an ordinary old plodder who likes to shuffle along in the hopes of making my heart, body and mind a lot stronger.
But I am still curious about my limits
Flipping through my Runkeeper App afterwards, I realised that I can run at 6.06 min per mile. Albeit, for just .10 of a mile… And I also managed, .40 of a mile at a 7.37 min per mile rate.
Now, if only I could string a few quarter miles together at that speed for a couple of miles, I`d be making real progress towards speeding up.
I need to time myself for one mile-or maybe even just one kilometre. And use it as a baseline against which to measure any progress.
There`s other things I could do, of course. Like drop weight. One kg weight loss can knock off one minute from a runner`s ten kilometre race. Sounds like too much effort to me though.
I could also attend to my core body work, or join a running group, or maybe even just push myself that little bit more when I`m out there. And maybe I will.
I`m enjoying what I`m at right now. Love the parkruns, love the variety of routes I have, love making new discoveries about what I can do and wondering about what might be possible.
That`s all that matters. That, and getting out there into the autumn mist and light. That, and having fun.