The first 10K run was actually a "race" - well some people are really racing but the crowd I mix with are just trying to cross the finish line in a not too embarrassing time - or even just trying to finish in an upright position. My first tale had me running non-stop (well almost!!) at a pace of 7:10 per K and a finishing time of 1hour 11 minutes ( and some seconds). I finished STRONGLY - did I ever show those stragglers in the 200 metre long finishing shute how to finish a race!!! I was a WINNER!!
However the second tale is two days later. I am about to start out on a HM/fullmarathon training plan for the rest of the year. The HM is only 15 weeks away so I had planned on having a weeks break after the 10K "race" and then doing a nice slow long 12 klms - run/walking at 8:00-8:30 mins per klm - deliberately very slow when compared to the race , but the idea is just to get time on my feet - 12K x8.5 = 1 hour 40 minutes !! . But- after the first 10K, I was feeling quite OK two days later - so I thought I would just go out and do a second 10K two nights after the first - should be easy - 1&1/2 minutes per K slower than the race - running a bit and walking a bit - generally smelling the roses as I go along! They call it a "recovery run" !
So what happened??? - I carried out "the plan" - but only just made it!! This run/walk was harder than the run. Sore legs, painful feet, will this torture even end - you now what I am saying!!?? I could write a book about this "a Tale of two "runs" - except that I don't know what the ending is.