According to Wiktionary, and a host of other on-line dictionary sites, cactus is Australian slang for “non-functional, broken, exhausted.” I wouldn’t say that my legs were broken but this morning I think the terms “non-functional” and “exhausted” could apply. After yesterday morning’s weights session that focused on legs (think lots of squats, lunges and step ups) and then my bike intervals session after work, they were well and truly feeling “cactus” this morning! So I figured it was going to be a very slow 10km run but I was quietly surprised. Ok, it wasn’t world shatteringly fast but it was about 57 minutes so I was happy with that.
And it’s getting lighter in the mornings too – I actually finished my run in daylight whereas it wasn’t that long ago all my morning runs were done in the dark, under street lights. Spring is just around the corner (says me, feeling overly optimistic!). At the moment I only have the one session on Wednesday, which is my morning run. I’ll need to make the most of that because I have a sneaky suspicion that my next training program will also include a swim as well as the run.
Tomorrow the plan is a weights session in the morning and another bike intervals session on the wind trainer after work. By Friday my legs will be cactus again!
“Running is like celebrating your soul. There’s so much it can teach us in life.” – Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run International