Quick recap. Worked up to 10k back in August. Found 8k fine, 10k really too much. Didn’t try anything as long until building back up to 10k last weekend for my Movember run due to bad weather forecast for this weekend.
So today my plan was to do another 10k, with a view to consolidating and before starting to stretch towards 12k and (hopefully) on towards HM.
Weather turned out much better than expected. Gremlins kicked in a few times but nothing major - at 1k there is the mixed elation of one done, nine to do!
I ran very late morning and should’ve eaten breakfast before or had a gel at around 6k because by 8k I knew I was lacking energy and my pace dropped a lot, so I went for the emergency jelly babies.
No drama, I was just starting to tire. Once the sugar from a jelly baby hit I was absolutely fine and kicked on for the final k.
Part way back I started to feel pain under my left arm. I was wearing my Under Armour removable sleeves and they were pinching very slightly and, over that distance, it became uncomfortable. Lesson learned, wear a proper long sleeve shirt for the longer runs.
Walking home on my cool down I ate the other three jelly babies and drank my water pouch and generally felt pretty amazing. It felt something like I remember feeling at 8k back in August, a sign that my fitness has improved a lot over that time.
I believe that was my 97th run since starting Couch to 5k, so next weekend sees me hit 100 runs.
Whatever run you have next, enjoy it x