Why does my face always go red?

Heatwave ended with a vengeance yesterday. Thunder, lightning, flash floods. So I wasn’t sure if the track would be flooded when I turned up for my interval sesssion. As it happened the rain had stopped when I got there and the sun was beating down just as fiercely as before.

I decided to do a four lap warm up while I waited for the others to turn up. As I jogged round, I looked with some admiration at the young athletes warming up. Seeing them always produces a mixture of envy and despair. Why do I bother doing this? I’ll never be that good. After 200m I felt myself starting to breath more deeply as I tried to get into a rythm. I settled down and reminded myself that it was supposed to be a warm up.

I finished my four laps and moved to the edge of the track to do some stretches. As I bent over to check my shoelaces, large drops of sweat dripped from my face on to the ground. It was going to be a hot one.

The session was to be a mixture of 400s, 800s and 200s with very short recoveries. 9km total. Pace was to be hard but consistent. Well I thought I would give it a try but wasn’t sure I could do both!

I set off on the first 400m interval, hugging the inside of the track so that faster runners could pass me if necessary. It’s a busy track with lots of different ability groups training at the same time and I am regularly passed by faster runners going like trains. Yesterday was no exception. I concentrated on maintaining my own pace as best I could. I finished the first 400 in 1:48 feeling like I’d gone too fast, took my all too short recovery and set off again.

Each interval was harder than the last. The 800s were painful. I was drenched in sweat and getting so tired that I could hardly time my recoveries which varied from 29 to 50 seconds. Then with 600m to go it started to rain. It was a relief to start with but then it turned into a downpour! There was no way I was giving up with only a few metres left. I completed the session even though I was soaked through.

When I got to the car I looked in the mirror and sure enough, even after a complete soaking, my face (head actually!) was bright red from the neck up.

It’s so embarrassing. Why does my face always go red?


Countdown to the Half Marathon

To counter my recent lack of motivation I have entered a half marathon in October. Feeling ambitious I asked a friend for a training schedule and they came up with a 6 day a week plan. Only one rest day???? Never done that before. Not sure how I will manage.

Starting in the middle of a week, but keen to get going, I tried a speed session on the treadmill yesterday. 15min warmup followed by 10 x 30secs fast, 1min jog and a 15 min cooldown. About 8km total. Quite hard but felt good afterwards.

Track session tonight – and the rains have come. Oh well…