Since graduating from C25K in April I've been struggling to run more than 5k. Every time I try it I'm either plagued by a tight/sore calf or tummy troubles. On top of that I've had a lurgee recently, which meant I took two weeks off from running. My first run back on Tuesday was a bit rubbish - 2.75miles of running/walking. So I didn't have great hopes for today's run.
In fact, it turned out to be the best yet. I've worked out a 5km route that takes me along part of the New River Path, so I planned to just run that. I took it slowly, and tried to focus on enjoying the run rather than just getting to the end of it. I was enjoying it so much I added a few diversions - through a new wetlands centre that opened up recently, and half a loop round the park - and managed 4.15 miles (I prefer to measure miles rather than kms as they're longer) in 41.5 minutes, so pretty much dot on 10 minutes a mile.
And I feel good! Only a few niggles with my calf, and absolutely no tummy troubles. I'm starting to think I might manage 10km (or should I say, 6.2 miles) at some point in the not too distant future.