I've been really struggling to run twice a week let alone 3 times a week at the moment, and when I do run time is tight and I only manage 3, 4 or 5k at best. I'm the classic disorganised sort of runner who moans they don't have enough time, but the biggest hurdle is really just getting out there, then once I'm out I magically find the time and just keep going.
Today I went out to run 5k, got to the loop I do at Victoria Park now and thought how about trying for 6k - as I've got the time. Then I reached the 3 or 4k mark and started thinking wouldn't it be great to run for 8k like I was managing in November (and never again since). This seemed feasible, but then a voice popped into my head - what if today was an organised 10k run, and my preparation had been less than perfect but I was going to draw on all of my reserves and try to make it to 10k? I was convinced I might actually be able to do it when the running started to feel easier after the 4k point - breathing less ragged, legs less heavy, body as a whole relaxing into the running.
I thought about SteveL's question about where do we strike when our feet hit the ground. I honestly could not pinpoint any particular point. The more I thought about it, the more my feet seemed to hit absolutely evenly across the pad of my feet by my toes, along the edge of my arch, and the inner arch felt snug in the shoe, so no obvious feeling of pronation etc, and my heel didn't hit too hard either. Perhaps I hit very centrally - or simply with an even spread. I felt the strength in my legs, my lightness on my knees and feet, and felt like I must be running 'right'. My confidence kept growing and growing from this point, and I really thought - I'm the sort of person who can definitely run 10k.
I saw lots of lovely dogs ('Ben' and 'Dexter' were the friendliest ones - lucky I'm not scared of a few muddy pawprints up my legs as I run!) and loads of runners too. My pink gelert base layer kept me snug and my Stone Roses 'best of' kept me entertained for over an hour of running - 1 hour 11 minutes and 57 seconds to be precise! The map of my route shows lots of add-ons and turning back on myself trying to find enough path to manage the full 10k - but partly that's because I didn't set out to do it!
This is obviously a personal best as it's my first 10k - but I also got a new PB for a 1k lap - shows how much I got into it that I could even manage to get some speed going in the final two laps. Previous 1k lap PB was 5:55 - today I did 5:50 (and a 5:54!) Also - I've been running for over a year now - having started Couch to 5K in late January last year. That means my running shoes are now a year old - and showing it - so my reward for today's run is definitely going to be new shoes Happy running everyone