Hi everyone! So, I've settled into a three-run-week routine now.
Good Gym on Tuesdays - tend to be shorter than 5km and split in two but generally a faster pace than I would run alone.
Thursday is my solo run. This week was 7.5km with the dog in and outside Lydiard Park, but it was LOTS harder than it should have been and it turned into a really slow and frustrating run. Quite disappointing! I swim on Fridays, but the pool timetable changed and I was dealing with some really unpleasant work situations yesterday too. I only managed 1km in the brief time I had between meetings - again, frustration!
Saturday is Parkrun, of course, and I set a new PB last week (32:54) so this week I had planned to enjoy a slower pace. But having had a frustrating time on Thursday and Friday, and feeling quite 'down', my confidence needed a boost and I needed to have an enjoyable experience - but not just a 'normal' slow run. So, as parking is such a trial during winter and I only live about 3km away, I thought I would warm up with a walk/jog mostly downhill to the start, attempt the 5km Parkrun at a moderate pace in about 35 min, and then walk/jog the uphill home.
The last time I did that out-and-back run from home was on the Magic 10 programme. I did the 7km run on the spur of the moment one evening and it was hell! It's stopped me attempting that route since. But now that I find inclines easier on my regular routes I felt ready to give it another go.
Well, the plan worked! I only did a 5min walk warm-up en-route before jog/walk to the start. Kept my HR down to about 140bpm and arrived 10 minutes before the briefing. Good job I left the car at home - it was another record turnout - nearly 650 runners! I set off for the 5k and came in a fraction after 35 minutes but kept a steady conversational pace all the way around. Lots of smiles and still feeling great at the end. Took a slight pause afterwards to chat with GoodGym park-runners and some of the volunteers I've got to know, before setting off towards home uphill at a very slow jog (8 min/km) to warm myself up. I intended to walk for at least some of it but kept going all the way - much to my own surprise. And I was faster going home than I was running there!
The upshot is that I've run 10.5km in total today! It was all slow stuff - there were some walky bits to the park - but I felt comfortable in my ability, happy in my own skin (which is very rare!) and I enjoyed that I was running/jogging without it feeling like a massive effort.
I'm sat at home now feeling relaxed, tired and mostly grateful! These roads, tracks and paths give us SO MUCH - don't they?! They only ask that we invest some time, and trust with them to start with, in the shape of those difficult first miles during C25k and B210k. After then, it's repaid, with interest!
Happy running everyone!