Well. Blimey. What happened there?
Depending who you believe (Strava, 38:59 or Garmin Connect, 39:07, both fed off the same device!) I just ran a sub-40 minute 5k.
My fastest before was 41:29 so I’ve taken roughly 1.5 minutes off. 😳🤷♂️🏅
This was one of those runs where everything seemed to come together.
I spent yesterday eating sensibly (apart from the Haribo, @Sutsha!) and hydrating well. I had a lovely evening chatting with some friends and felt very much at peace with the world. I then slept well (evidenced by the Garmin sleep tracker).
I went out there and felt I “attacked” the run, rather than let running attack me!
I was getting 500m distance alerts so I would know where to turn and that prompted me to look at my watch slightly more than usual. I could see early on that my pace was high. Rather than my usual response - slow down, conserve energy - I knew I had it in me to get there and back, even if I would be crawling the last part.
The final K and my mental maths wasn’t great (my pulse trace shows why - way high!) and so I pushed, determined to come in just under 40 mins.
I put it down to several things. Yesterday being a good preparation day. Being in a great frame of mind thanks to support of good friends. Feeling special about having a proper runner’s watch. Jancanrun’s Ska playlist and the way it takes me right back to my youth. The weather being okay. Weight-loss and (whisper it) getting fitter.
Immense high on seeing the time then straight into that most mellow of mellow feelings I’ve only known after a less vertical activity. I know I have felt happier but I can’t remember when.
Sirens Hill taken to Uptown Top Ranking by Althea and Donna. So appropriate. “See me in ma pants and ting!” However I struggled up there today due to my pace and it annoys me so much that I am considering renaming it the Naughty Steppe.
Looking forward to the 5.5k on Saturday morning.
Whatever run you have next, enjoy it x