As summer turned to autumn around Huntingdonshire I did my usual and started to replace one cycling session a week with some jogging with my good lady. It was (as 2008) nice to take some time away from the bike to enjoy the countryside at a more sedate pace!
I enjoyed the running and it certainly felt like I was working other parts of my body. I liked running 2 miles and feeling as tired as if I had cycled 30. It felt good, the heart rate numbers were ok and we spent quality time together in the fresh air and out in the middle of nowhere.
Fast forward a couple of months and I am feeling a bit of pressure thanks to some shocking recent weather and lots of extra work hours. I am still getting up at 0630 a couple of mornings a week for the turbo but my weekend rides are being swallowed up by wedding planning that isnt getting done mid-week (amongst plenty of other things).
So I have hatched a plan (don't I always!) to get a night of jogging in once a week too. 3.3 miles tonight with Steve (fromYaxley Riders) as a way of getting into a discipline that usually only lasts 6 weeks over the autumn before I get back into cycling.
There are a number of things I want to get out of these sessions and I hope that the plan rings a number of bells with some of you who can offer advice and tweaks...
- I want to get some variety into my training and still get some fresh air midweek without having to venture onto the road.
- I want to do something that works cardio wise.
- I want to be socialble and have a laugh.
- I want to do something that makes me feel more like riding the turbo or getting out on weekends.
I will let you know how I go tomorrow !!!