According to my now very colourful spreadsheet, the masterplan - this week is all about getting to 32 mins & my Sunday runs from now on are all about extension and building time but no real distance in mind, & after a bit of an uugghhh run on Friday night, I really didn't know what to expect this morning.
I did wonder if the Saturday night steak, chips and Ruddles Best would have conspired against me, but surprisingly - I was up and out of the door around 10am (which is unheard of on Sunday morning) - nicely warmed up and found my stride.
Having already decided that the first 1k of the tow path was my major nemesis, with 2 bridges, 3 locks, loads of midges and those bloody stones, not to mention tree roots and cracked tarmac..... but beyond that it is beautiful - smooth, flat, wide & to my surprise this morning, someone had been down there with a mower recently so minimal nettle risk today. (i'm only 5'6 and some of them were already at eye height)
anyway - 10 mins soon became 15, and then became 20, now it's at this point that I listen out for Laura telling me you're half way through to turn around and head home.
but then I had a really stupid thought. keep going. don't turn around, what's the worse that can happen! just keep on going - nothing is hurting, the breathing is good, the trainers feel good, surprisingly the legs feel amazing. So what would happen - well I get to the end of stepping stones - run through the cool down - still heading away from home, "5k in 32:37" not bad huh?....
who am I kidding not bad - that's just what I needed - I can nail 5k runs before breakfast!!
with the legs still strong & breathing was excellent and this damn tarmac is getting addictive. So after a pause to put on some new music - I cracked another 1k in 7:04... okay so time to turn around..... nope - let's do another 1k.in 7:01 oohhh that does feel good and that is 7k under my belt.. the furthest I have ever run.
but could I even think the impossible?? turn around and let's find out if have I got another 3k in me.
8k 6:37 - 9k 6:25 - 10k 6:22.
I've only gone and done it - I never set out intending to - but I did it - and did it in some style too.
Fat lad does 10k in 1:08:39
well chuffed - big smiles all round