1 Year of Cambridge Harriers (2x5x500)

Splits: 1:30, 1:28, 1:27, 1:27, 1:30, 1:30, 1:30, 1:30, 1:29, 1:26.

So that’s a of training under my belt and what a year it has been.

I think I tried this exact session this time last year and my 500 splits were closer to 2:00. I remember pulling up regularly, when I joined Cambridge Harriers, and getting constant stitches/cramps/you name it. When I look back over the past year, I’m happy with my progress but it’s been terribly hard work and I had to really put my foot down in the previous last 6 months.

Tuesday night’s session was arduous, to say the least. There wasn’t much celebrating going on, on sticky humid evening in Greenwich, but I managed to last the full two sets.

There’s always something in the back of my head, around the halfway mark, that says “you don’t have to do this”. That’s my little devil telling me things I don’t want to hear, but thankfully the devil seldom wins. I’m reading a fantastic book at the moment, Endure by Alex Hutchinson, and the chapter I happened to read on my commute home was one about mental fortitude and disobeying what your brain tells you is fatigue. I thought about this a lot while I was running, and I either focused so much on the book that I succeeded or genuinely disobeyed my brains taunts and stabs to finish up early.

I was happy with my splits, especially as I had run a 36:41 at the Dartford 10k the day before, so I was feeling pretty cooked. I have to hand it to my team-mates, though. Rob & Phil, who are both exceptional runners, dragged me along and pushed me to finish harder and faster every lap.

It’s interesting how much further you can go when you disobey your brain’s call to end and push your body to another level. I like it a lot, and I’ve spent the last 6 months trying to train at the most painful level, for the longest amount of time - sometimes successfully, sometimes very unsuccessfully.

With this blog, I hope to explore my training and how it affects my brain. Actually, it may be the other way around: how my brain affects my training. Either way, I’ll be using these posts as a way reflecting upon my training logs and hopefully sharing with you the progression of a runner, cyclist and duathlete to national and hopefully even international level.