Last weekend I "ran" a HM in 2 hour 28 mins - that is roughly a 7:00 minute pace for 21.1K. I have previously run at this pace many times for a 5K parkrun and recently even 10K (only once) - but these were "non-stop" running . In the case of the HM, I run/walked (or actually, fartlekked) for those 21.1K. I was quite convinced before the HM that I could not do it at that pace (but I did!) and I am now equally convinced that I could not do that pace over the HM distance running non-stop. Does it matter? Obviously not - to the Universe - and I am fairly sure probably not to another living soul
I had my first post-HM run today - 20 minutes at an easy pace (easy pace as confirmed by my HRM Zone 2) and by Mr Jack Daniels pacing calculator based on my 30 minute 5K PB.) I felt reasonable - bit of soreness in my ankles and Achilles tendon - but no real problem.
I was once able to run for 60 minutes non-stop at a slow easy pace. I found it to be not so "easy" - and also found that run/walking was both easier on the body and faster. That is why I have chosen to run/walk for a 14K race and 2xHM's.
But I am now thinking that it is time for me to go make to the later weeks of C25K - 30 minute easy runs , 4 times per week and increasing to 1 hour each day as per B210K. It is going to be painful - but I feel that I "need" to do it -- or do I ???