So aside waking up this time of year, stretching and looking over the Thames at a millpond view and clear blue sky, content in the knowledge that running to work along the Thames towpath is going to deposit me at my desk fresh and alert, I also have the very great pleasure of planning my race season ahead!
Running to work is not only an ace way of beating the commute, losing pounds, saving pounds, saving the world (ok, ok..), and guaranteeing a good endorphin rush. But its a darn good way to get fit as well.
The majority of my weekly commute is done on foot (currently cushioned by Nike), and that’s probably between 4-8 miles per run. I’ve yet to do each way, but its not out of the equation; I just don’t feel at the moment it’s necessary. For now, running to work and getting the bus back does me ok. Otherwise I’m on my scooter.
I digress: so if I factor in an average run to work of, say, 6 miles that’s approximately 18-24 miles of running to work a week. Another long run of maybe 10 miles at the weekend combined with a British Military Fitness session or 2 takes me upto to some noteworthy training. And I’m not saying that to brag; merely to say that by adding in a couple of runs at the weekend, its taking me into the realms of training hard. I don’t have to make the extra effort. It’s just part of my weekly commute.
So I spent the weekend looking for races to run throughout the year. Me and the housemate vow to do one a month just to keep the competitive streak going. So this weekend we put ourselves down for:
www.thedemonrun.co.uk …. I love these mud races! Feeling like a big kid bounding through the local common is a great way to spend a Sunday morning (and generally preceeds a bloody good lunch!).
www.hellrunner.co.uk …. Another daft ‘mud run’, although over the last few years it’s lost its cache and has been passed by more beastly events. Still darn good fun tho
www.spartanrace.com ….Could be a poor man’s attempt at Tough Guy. But who knows? And they seem to have a pretty natty medal to hand out to add to the collection!
There are others already lined up in the diary which I’ll blog about as and when done. But these mud runs are a great way of putting your running to work to good use. Seriously guys, you too could spend your weekend face down in a pile of rotting mulch and leaves if you just run to work a few time in the week. Think about it. Errmm, Hmmm. Running to work.