Since completing the Couch to 5K plan, I have run 5K on four occasions. I've attempted it five times, but only completed four. But I'll come to that!
The first time I ran 5K, my time was 29:45.
The second was 29:27
My third was 28:24.
At this stage I was loving it. Getting faster each time, knocking over a minute off my fastest time on my third run. Easy this! Or so I thought!
It's safe to say I was getting a bit over confident.
On my fourth run, I set out to beat my fastest time of 28:24. That's what I needed to do I thought, get faster every time I ran. But my body was about to kick itself up the backside!
I'd set off way too fast, despite knowing I shouldn't (I've even blogged on here about "slow and steady wins the race"!) and ran the first kilometer in a silly 5:11. Silly for me anyway.
At 4.5k I just could not go on. I had to stop, I was exhausted. I gone out that fast that I couldn't recover.
It was the first time I had set out to complete a run, be it the 30 seconds of running in week one of the challenge or a 5k, and not completed it. I was gutted. I walked home a very dejected individual.
My wife tried to pick me up by saying "what do you mean ONLY 4.5k? Could you imagine running 4.5k a few weeks ago?!". She was right I suppose, but to me it was a big set back, my biggest yet.
I ran again yesterday afternoon and ran 5k in 29:52. My slowest 5k time yet but easily my most satisfying.
So, for the time being, my time is irrelevant. I'm still a beginner and I have to remember that!