Well, I only went and did it! I had already decided to do this run today. The weather was set to be reasonable, I had been careful not to overdo it with my runs this week, the time was now!
I didn’t expect to feel nervous. I was running on my own, for goodness sake! Maybe it was a bit of excitement, too. This was the first real ‘event’ I was running in. I hadn’t expected it to be a virtual event - my original dream was to do a Park Run; but here I was, setting out to do a 10K instead.
I had fixed my number onto my long sleeved T-shirt with magnets and that worked really well. Decided not to wear my lightweight running jacket, I knew I would soon warm up. Still wearing shorts and, of course, one of my trusty sun visors! Chest torch fixed on, it doesn’t bother me and I needed it for the first couple of kilometres.
No plans for a PB today, I did that last week. I wanted to be sure of finishing. I even dispensed with the idea of negative splits, but often my runs to tend to turn out like that if I’m running well, it’s seems to be how my body copes with the run.
Off I went and settled into a reasonable, but not too slow, pace. I did check my watch throughout the run as I didn’t want to be pushing myself too hard for the first half. I was checking my heart rate rather than my pace as it does give me an idea of the effort.
5K done and I noticed the time was faster than my very first 5K attempt, which left me doubled over with exhaustion! It made me realise how much my stamina had improved in just a couple of months. Carrying on, I had a sense that my pace was increasing over the run. I had some of my Tailwind drink at about 8K. I was getting tired and do like to speed up a bit at the end. On this run, my last km was not the fastest, but runs don’t always go the way you hope! I was pretty darned tired for that last kilometre, but all in all I was very pleased and proud that I completed this run. I would never have believed when I started the Couch to 5K programme in May that I would be writing a report of a 10K race!
Now I’m going to enjoy my bowl of porridge, the Breakfast of Champions! 🥣
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