It's been a long time since I've seen any improvement in speed, last July to be precise. I suppose it doesn't help if you're slipping and sliding around on ice and snow in the winter. Nor does the extra weight from Christmas contribute to my gazelle-like runs! My 5k times were closer to 40 mins than 30 and my last 10k was in November. But suddenly with the arrival of slightly warmer weather the 5k is now closer to 35 mins, the longer runs are creeping upwards and I consistently run over 20k a week with no problems. Last week I ran 9k in a reasonable time (for me) so this week I wanted a 10k (or a longest distance). I took Sami with me for the music and because I intended to have walking breaks. The weather was perfect for running, 8 degrees C, slightly overcast, but dry and I headed off over my beloved fields, through the woods and along the roads near the old airfield in Schleissheim. These roads are perfect for in-line skaters, runners, walkers and cyclists because there are so few cars. Today there was little of anything, I had the north of Munich more or less to myself. The music was good, but it does make me set off too fast. Normally my first km is my slowest by a long chalk and I frequently have negative splits. Not so today, the first 4 km were quite speedy for me and after that the walking breaks came a bit too frequently. But I wanted a 10k and at the half way mark I knew a PB was not unrealistic. And I got it with 1:40 minutes shaved off and a time of 1:11:49. Now I know there are loads of you out there who can run 10k in under an hour, or even under 50 mins, but I can't. And I'm astounded that I can run it in under an hour and a quarter. And that time means I ran the equivalent of 2 x 5ks both in under 36 minutes which in my current form is pretty brilliant.
So now to lose the last few Christmas kilos and get my 10k time under 1 hour 10 mins. Oh and increase my distances and get my 5k time down a bit closer to 30 mins. I'm not being greedy am I?