Somewhere along the line, I decided that becoming a runner might be a good idea and I embarked on the Couch to 5K plan. Within 9 months, I'd run my first Half Marathon.
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I got a little overenthusiastic on today's run. Went off way too fast and bombed out at 20 minutes. I did manage 3k in that time, which I can't really complain about but, on reflection, a slightly slower pace would have been a better approach; especially given it was warmer than I'm used to running in.
Ah well, lesson learned; we'll just call that one this week's short run, shall we?
Hopefully I'll manage a more measured approach for my next one...
At the start of the month I set myself a #MilesForMind target of 75 miles. Having started my assault on that total on Saturday 2 May with a half marathon, twelve runs later, I completed the task tonight with a 5k in glorious sunshine to bring my total to 75.59 miles. It's not impossible that I might squeeze one more run in over the weekend to stretch my total further, but those will be bonus miles; the target I set myself has been achieved, and I'm feeling decidedly chuffed with myself.
To anyone reading this who still has to reach their own target, good luck over the next few days. Happy running and stay safe.
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I know I've been pushing towards it lately, and having reduced my 10k PB down to 1:02:07 last time out, and having not had the best couple of days, the last thing I expected was to go out and better that time tonight. If truth be told, I wasn't even sure I was going to run that far tonight but, once again, my legs seemed to have a will of there own and as the kilometres clicked by, I realised something was going to happen, and when I reached 6k in a shade over 36 minutes, I knew it was potentially on.
The final 4k flashed by in just under 23 minutes and I "broke the tape" at 58 minutes 58 seconds. The result of this means that my PBs are now:
5k - 28:0410k - 58:5810 miles - 1:44:54HM - 2:21:21
I'm not quite sure where this new burst of pace has suddenly come from, but needless to say I'm absolutely delighted with it.
I need to set myself some new year end goals, but that's a nice "problem" to have, I guess...
Monday night was supposed to be long run night, but I cut it short to 5k on account of the weather deciding it was going to take a turn for the bloody awful while I was out. So, last night I decided to try again, and off I duly set.
Something wasn't quite right, and as I ground to a halt at around the 2k mark, I figured out what it was; I was bored.
Not bored of running, but just bored in general, with the weather, with my choice of route; the knowing that in 5 minutes I'd be at the fork in the path, five minutes after that I'd be into the woods, another ten minutes ad I'd be at the far end of the village, fifteen minutes later I'd be cresting the hill about to start the long downhill section towards the church. I've done it so many times, I could probably do it blindfolded.
Familiarity, as they say, breeds contempt. I may not have been feeling actually contemptuous, but I definitely wasn't feeling like continuing the run.