As my ARB has temporarily retired to the IC after her momentous 8.93k and visit to the Minor Injuries Unit last Thursday , my focus for the month of getting her to the far side of the Bridge has gone missing. Had a hard game of hockey (which thinking about it is just 70 minutes of unplanned fartlekking carrying a bent stick with a ball getting in the way occasionally ) on Saturday, but it would have been so easy to rest up for the rest of the week.
But it was a glorious morning today so forced myself out to see if I could produce another 10k, or something like it. And it went well, with the first 9 splits within a couple of seconds of 5'25" and a final 5'08" (when I was sure I was slowing down and trying hard not to) to give a 53'45" PB for the run. Followed by a nice cappuccino in the usual café with Dexy.
And now I understand the glutes business. At one point I consciously tried to lift them - nothing doing. Then I tried letting them sag a bit - and was immediately aware I was running heavily on my heels. So when I was being sceptical about it , it was actually because I've always run that way anyway . So yep, I'm all for it now, lets all lift our bottoms and skateboard away into running heaven (I would have put lots of interesting emojis in that sentence but I'm using my computer which doesn't have them).
Onward and upward! I suppose I'm going to have to try going further sometime soon