It came as a shock this morning when my alarm blasted out at 4:50! That's 04:50 - 4:50am, you know bloody early! Madness you cry, madness I cry but when you get into this running lark then the madness tends to take on a life of it's own! I start work at 8am, it takes an hour to get there so my usual departure time of 7am means normally getting up at 6, if I'm running then it's a 5am rise (for a standard 5 or 6k with warm up/cool down) or earlier if I'm attempting a longer distance. Today I was going for 8k so figured a little extra time would be handy. The longer runs tend to be done at a slowish pace with no temptation to blast out of the blocks or sprint for the line, today I ran for 1 hour and 2 minutes to cover 8.03 km. Both are new territory for me but valuable experience as I push up to 10km in the next week or two and ultimately 21km in April.
The other new experience was running for more than half the distance with no music! My Bluetooth headset low power message warning blurted out halfway through a particularly aggressive Machine Head song so I switched it off. To my amazement I heard no heavy breathing just the plod plod plod of my feet with the occasional splash of a puddle and the odd car whizzing past. This is also a valuable experience as the half marathon I've entered is a strictly no headset affair for various reasons, some even make sense!
It's back to Parkrun on Saturday after a week off last week and slow pace 5k on Tuesday, I'm hoping to attempt 10k next Thursday, time won't be a factor as I'm off work next week so it's a case of doing it to prove I can then speeding up some time in the future. It's a long road but one I fully intend to keep running along!