Well, my lovely virtual running buddies - I needed a boost this morning and I wasn’t disappointed! Now, I’m not particularly drawn to 5K. We are not friends. I like 4K much more - or longer runs; but having returned from a 3 week break from running on Thursday with a gentle 3.5K, I wanted to run a bit further than 4K this morning.
I also wanted to run a loop to incorporate a couple of segments. My crown of Local Legend has been stolen from me, yes, stolen, from another runner in the village and I am determined to get it back. Of course, she doesn’t know this - we don’t know each other. One more run and I should have it!
It was chilly this morning, but I felt it would warm up, so shorts and long sleeved top. Sun visor was essential this morning. I wish I’d worn gloves, though - my thumbs were cold! Although it was a gorgeous morning, there was a frost.
I did a nice, long warm up walk to the start of the first segment and set off nice and slowly. This is not a route I would normally use for a 5K run, so I have room for a good walk before and after my run. I set off nice and steady, thinking I would like a sub 40 minute 5K.
It’s not that early, but the village is eerily quiet. The floods have receded, but there still isn’t much traffic. I spot a couple of hundred Whooper swans in the fields; they will soon be going home to Iceland. I carry on, aware that I’m picking up pace with each km. then I see my 4th km is just less than 7:00 and I think I must be close to my PB, so although I’m tired I try to keep it going for the last km.
I still have time to notice all the daffodils in the village. I glance at my watch and I’m running in Zone 5! My watch buzzes and the run is over. I’ve made it. Strava gives me 36:14. It’s only seconds faster, but hey! A PB is a PB 😊
Splits: 7:49, 7:35, 7:07; 6:57, 6:47.
Home for coffee and porridge ☕️ 🥣 😊