It looks like I'm slowly building up to 10k. I'm enjoying the longer runs I've started doing since getting 5k under my belt, especially now I've relaxed a bit more about my pace/breathing etc and started listening to my own music more. I'm only running twice a week at the moment because of time pressures from my new job, but have increased my cycling to compensate (i.e. cycling to and from work), and am fitting in a 5k mid-week and a longer run at the weekend. Today's 8k was amazing, very very cold, hands were freezing until about 10-15 mins into it. But there were loads of runners and cyclists out, some dog walkers or couples with kids, the rare sight of narrowboat residents scavenging for firewood - not often that much around at such an urban end of the canal, but recent winds have helped there, lots of willow twigs looking like perfect fire-building material. I truly felt away from the city. Got down to Limehouse Basin, ran round it, then back up to Bow Roundabout. There were loads of bridges going round Limehouse Basin as there's loads of docks and canals going in and out of it, so I slowed at that point, but it was good respite and I felt fully ready then for my journey back homewards. My overall time was 58:22, my fastest lap was 06:43min/km, my average pace was 7:18min/km. This was a really good run, am still feeling great. I've done extra stretches to make sure I recover properly, plus a long hot bath. Looking forward to next weekend's long run, maybe another 8k before I build up any more. Hope everyone else is enjoying this crisp sunny Sunday too
Content on HealthUnlocked does not replace the relationship between you and doctors or other healthcare professionals nor the advice you receive from them.