Morning intrepid running friends! 😁
Day off today, busy week or so ahead, so as I wasn’t sure when I’d next get a long run in, I decided to do that today, with the option to make it 5k if I was too tired.
Now you have to remember my runs are usually out and back ones, so if I’m going to shorten a run, I have to decide this by the half way point. Today I got to 2.5k, Poynton marina, and felt fine. Clearly this run was going to be longer than 5k. Next was Nelson’s Pit marina at about 4K. Common sense should have told me to turn round, but I still felt really good, so I ploughed on, knowing that there was another marina just a bit further on.
Another half a km and I was in to new territory, and here was Lyme View marina. I got so excited that I kept going and was surprised to hear the lady calling out 5k in my ear. So that was it, it was 10k or fail, and we all know there’s no such thing as a failed run!
I should mention my pace at this point. As I was intending to do maybe 5k I used a 159bpm running track, as I have been running at 155 for my longer runs. Of course this was still playing, so somewhere around 7km it occurred to me that my pace was more that of a 5k run than a 10k, still on I went undeterred.
At about 8k things were getting hard. I was hot, I was tired, but the lady who lives in my head told me I was still running at 6:59/km, and somehow that encouraged me to keep going and maintain my pace. Despite negotiating 2 hump-backed bridges, I still completed the run at under 7 min/km.
So there we go. I signed up to do Bridge to 10k, and, slightly unintentionally I’ve done 10k. And you know what? A year ago I couldn’t run at all. 5k seemed out of reach. 10k seemed really out of reach. But I somehow managed it, spurred on by you lovely lot encouraging me, and of course my lovely virtual running partner-in-crime Sadie-runs.
Time for another cuppa I think