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Um, well, er, yeah! This happened, I guess...

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Despite superhuman levels of faffage getting ready, and the fact it was raining, went out and only went and did it. Go me...

To be fair, given how everything has been building to this run, I don't think anything would have stopped me from heading out tonight. My main concern was just not injuring myself before I got to the end and having to delay my graduation celebrations.

As it turned out, I was feeling good, things just flowed, the songs in my ears went by one by one and, as I had ran 35 minutes instead of 30 last time out, I decided to push on and did the full 5k in a very respectable 39:21. I know we keep saying its the time and not the distance, but just this once it was kind of special...

Will I get 5k below 30 minutes? Who knows? That's something for the future, if it happens at all. The fact is, just a few weeks ago I was finding runs of 90 seconds tough, and now I can run 5k, and if that isn't an achievement worth celebrating then I don't know what is.

So, that's that. I'm feeling decidedly chuffed with myself. Rest tomorrow and then the consolidation begins...
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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...

A change of pace

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.

I was faced with the choice of gi…