I was quite enthusiastic about trying this run, after reading about the recent successes of quite a few others on the forum!
How would I decide my pace? The run is described as 12 x 60 second intervals, 4 at 5K pace, 4 at 10K pace and 4 at mile pace. I broke that down to slowish, slower and fastest.
What a glorious morning to go out for a run! It was about 12 degrees, sunny and with a light breeze. Far too warm for a sustained faster pace, but I thought it would be fine for intervals - and it was. Shorts and t-shirt - yes, the white, winter legs again!
I know I ran all of these intervals too quickly. My aim was to run the 5K pace at 8 mins/km, the 10K at 9/mins and the mile pace at 7:30.
I’ve listed what actually happened below. At the end, I was DONE 😂
5K pace: 7:55, 7:41, 7:34, 7:27
10K pace: 8:17, 7:41 (whoops!): 8:55, 8:54,
Mile pace: 5:34, 6:07, 6:13, 6:06
Average pace 7:56, fastest pace 5:05
I was certainly ready to give more effort after the middle section at 10K pace. Of course there is absolutely no way I could keep those mile pace times over a mile, but I felt like a workout so took the breaks off. My effort here was 9 plus!
I was completely absorbed in this workout. During one of my walking breaks I looked round and realised I had missed a turning!
I will definitely do more interval work. I’d like to have another go at this guided one to try and get the pace right, although having said that, I was very happy with this run 😊🏃♀️👍☀️
Photo just for interest - an artistic bluebell photo I took a few years ago.