I'm sore today, ran on the track yesterday evening with the running club. We started with 6 laps of the track at a slow pace to warm up. Then exercises and stretches. Following that we did a timed 1 mile, which was 4 laps running as fast as I could. 45 of us started from the start line and the greyhounds were out of their traps and sprinting off into the distance as I tried to settle into an uncomfortable 5:30min/km pace. The faster guys and girls were lapping me as I entered the 3rd lap, they were well finished and recovering as I crossed the line for my last lap. I gave it my all and managed to finish in a time of 8:51 and breaking my record by 4 seconds. Following that 4 more slow laps to cool down and more stretches, lunges and exrecises.
I'm proud of myself this year. I completed the C25K plan on the 22nd of June after starting in April. I then spent time consolidating my 5K runs 3 times a week, so far have completed 12 Parkruns and volunteered at 3 Parkruns. I joined a fantastic running club with a mix of all ages and speeds, the warmest and friendliest club I have ever been involved with. I entered my first 5K road race a few weeks ago finishing in position 202 and a time of 29:56 breaking through (barely) the 30min 5K barrier. I am so happy to have achieved so much, this time last year I could not have dreamt that I would be doing what I am now doing.
The C25K Forum has been an amazing resource and over the past few weeks I have been visiting and reading posts from the Bridge to 10k forum. I am now ready to start increasing my distance. I'm going to take my time, increase my distance slowly and slow down my pace, I'm going to forget about PB's until the season next year. Next years plan is to enjoy running 5k races with the running club and take part in a couple of 10k events. But for now I am going to take time to slowly but surely build up my endurance and increase my distance so as that hopefully by the end of October I will be running 10K.
Thanks for all the support and advice so far. Looking forward to the next part of the journey and reaching the 10K finish line before winter kicks in.