I was supposed to run a Cooper test today. I dream of running 3000m in 12 min, but anything over 2700 is considered good by the tests standards. The Cooper test has gone out of fashion it seems, but I remember it from my school days, so it could be fun to try it.
I went out with my wife and daughter as pacers (a very professional team), BUT unfortunately there was
- A big football game at the stadium (FCK – FC Vestsjælland)
- A basketball tournament in the park
- Stands and fences put up for the DHL relay race, with 100.000 participants!
- Sparta Copenhagen Games at the race track
Everywhere there were crowds of men in athletic shirts drinking, eating kebabs and smoking cigarettes. In short, literally nowhere to go for a run in the whole Østerbro area, if you want avoid traffic lights. So instead we went to the beach. I paced my wife for 5k, and then I ran as fast as I could for 1.3km. I was pretty tired anyway, but managed 1km in 03:50. Which brings me to the subject of rest days:
What people do on rest days is probably as different as day and night. I spent at least three hours standing up and singing on a stage yesterday, which made my legs tired today. Occasionally I have days when I don’t move around much and I feel like it really speeds up recovery. I sometimes envy people who have a “sit down”-job after races and long runs. But then again, some say that to keep moving is the best way to start recovery. At least I try to tell myself that.