Alternative title: "Forgive me ju-ju, for I have sinned"
Absolutely buzzing - I'd had a feeling I was ready to do the 10k, and I was
Set off bright and early this morning along my country lane route, with the "official goal" of doing this week's long run for week 3/4 of ju-ju's plan, so about 8k.
However... my "regular readers" from C25K will know that I do have something of a track record for breaking a few rules. And I know - it's not clever, not big, risks injury, but I do just like to push the boundaries now and then
So my real plan for this morning, right from the very start, was to try and do a 10k. That's about a 25% increase in time and distance on my previous longest run.
So while it was certainly going off piste and not following ju-ju's plan, I felt very "much in the mood" so... off I trotted...
Early on, with that nice Strava bloke popping up every 1km to tell me my time and split time, I noticed that my "happy pace" is now a bit faster than it used to be, so the work on intervals and faster shorter runs definitely seemed to be paying off. And halfway through the fourth km I realised my speed was taking me very close to my current PB for 5k. So I decided to see if I could do that as well, chucked in a much faster 5th km, and trimmed 30 seconds off my 5k time!
Then went back to the happy pace for a bit of recovery and carried on. I just trotted along at my pace of 7.5mins/km or thereabouts and, while it's fair to say that in the final few km I wasn't quite bounding along like the happy little bunny I'd been during the first half, it wasn't difficult to keep going, and I finished the 10k in under 1h 15m.
Then it was home for a litre or two of water and a very long, very hot bath!