Well I finally did it. After setting out on my C25K journey last July and joining this forum on Week 4 of that journey, when I was struggling to run for 16 minutes, I just completed my first ever 10K and ran for 81 minutes non stop. I would expect that time to come down considerably over the next weeks and months.
I entered to run the Hackney Half Marathon (which is set to take place on May 16th this year) in a moment of madness. Despite my monicker of Dodgylungs and still being a bit wheezy in the mornings, it is clearly not stopping me from progressing. I was actually less exhausted at the end of this run than I was for the 8K a few weeks back.
I ran 3 small circuits on the Heath which was very hard on my legs. My original plan today was to run the longer circuits around the ponds but I could feel that it just wasn’t in my legs. I left the Heath at 4K and continued my descent towards Kentish Town and for the last 4K ran with my troublesome right hamstring being tight. I thought about stopping as the last time it tightened like this I actually tweaked it and was out for a week. However, this time it felt more achy than damaged and given the last 4K was on the flat, I just kept going and hoped it would hold up, which I’m pleased to say it did.
This is a major step forward for me and I’ve always wanted to run 10K. Today I achieved my goal. Now for the half marathon...