First day of training schedule proper. 5 x 5 minutes with a minute in between each run to breathe.
I’m up and out by 5.40am. This is the first day I’ve got the heart rate monitor on but in the dark I can’t read the watch and I can’t remember how to switch the backlight function on. Every so often when I think 5 minutes is up I stop and peer at the watch as I can’t see it very easily without my glasses.
The pace is funereal and the style shambling but it’s my best effort for the time being. It goes quite well really. I thought with the amount of effort to just do 3 minutes, 5 minutes would be nearly impossible. It was hard but it was ok.
More people around today; loping girl, man-with-dog, man-on-bike. The mornings are getting darker – it’s a pleasure to be outside to see the dawn. There’s a point when I turn back along the path and the CBD is lit up under a pink sky. And then the rivercat slides past going up to Parramatta. If I didn’t have to keep remembering to breathe I’d be able to spend more time appreciating it.
Anyway, Day 1 wasn’t half as bad as I thought it was going to be.