Two weeks ago I decided to insert a longer run into my weekly programme and I was asking you how to progress towards the 10k.
Last week, though, I did not run at all; I tell myself it was because of a stomach bug and that is partially true. The complete truth is that I was back in Italy, visiting my family, and I see them so rarely that probably I would have spent every single second chatting with my mother, playing cards with my father and scratching the bellies of my dogs even if my stomach were perfectly fine...
Anyway, the point is that after a week without running, on Tuesday I completed my usual 5k a bit slower and feeling much more tired than usual.
When I ventured out today I was a bit worried, wondering how much "damage" I had done with that lazy week and how long would have taken to get back on track. Anyway, at the end of the 5k I was feeling fine and I decided to see if I could reach again the 6.5k of my last long run. I could... and I was still ok, so I decided to run a little further. After 7.66k I finally stopped and I stopped because I wanted to, not because I needed to. 🙂
The pace was still slower than before the "running break", 6:09min/km, but it was not terrible and I'm not particularly interested in speed per se anyway (I look at it just as an indicator of my general fitness level and running technique).
In other words... I'm back, yippee!