It was one of those runs that almost didn't happen. The event may be sponsored by Vitality, but I certainly wasn't feeling any initially. First it was a case of, I'll head out mid-morning, then it was before lunch, then it was after lunch and before I knew it, it was 2pm and I still hadn't got anywhere and was in danger of putting it off until tomorrow, so I decided to bite the bullet and get on with it.
I figured that all I really needed to do was complete the qualifying 3k in 30 minutes and if I still wasn't feeling it, I could essentially call it "job done" for the day; there would always be other runs.
As is often the case, once I'm actually out and my legs have found their rhythm, things just click into place and by the time I'd passed the 3k mark, I was in my groove and just kept on going.
I've been meaning to try out the route that I took today for a couple of weeks, but on account of the heavy rains we've had yesterday, sections of it have been a bit too churned up for running on, so today was my first opportunity to try it out. About half of it will make up the second half of the Winton 10k Trail run that I will be doing at the end of the month; the rest of it are all bits that I've run before, I just hadn't put them all together in this way to make a 10k route. In the end, 1:06:41 was a pretty respectable time considering there was a reasonable chance of it never happening at all at one point and brings my weekly total to a bit over 37.5k.