Writing this entry from Haneda Airport, in Tokyo, as I wait for my connecting flight. I left England yesterday (Saturday) morning, on a 9am flight out of Heathrow. By coincidence, the timing had it that my third and final Bridge-to-10K run would be on Friday, the day before I leave.
As is so often the case, the last day before a big trip was rather busy. First there was work... then theatre in the evening... then dinner... then out for dessert with friends... then packing. With all that, it was after three o'clock in the morning before I was all ready to go. I'd have to leave at 6am to make it to Heathrow on time. So much for finishing Bridge-to-10K before leaving, right?
Well, that's what I thought, too. Then I thought again. Why _not_ go for a run anyway? Okay, it was half past three and hours later than the latest run I've ever done before... but the sky was starting to get light, so why not go into the twilight to greet the dawn with a run?
Why not, indeed! And that, my friends, is precisely what I did!
I started my final Bridge-to-10K run in the twilight and watched the dawn during the seventy minute workout. Sure, it was special circumstances and I wouldn't want to make a habit of it... but, actually, it was rather nice! Very few people (and cars) to watch out for, and a certain serenity in the air.
Turns out, this was my best run yet. During the 60 minutes of running, I covered 10.7 km (up from 10.6 km on Wednesday and 10.5 km on Monday). Looks like I'm making slow but steady improvements in my speed. This distance corresponds to 5:36 per kilometer. Were I "only" aiming at 10 km -- rather than 60 minutes of running -- this average pace would have meant crossing the finish line at precisely 56 minutes. Not too shabby!
I returned home in triumph as a Bridge-to-10K graduate, with time to shower and change before leaving to catch my coach to Heathrow. Very glad that I did this, rather than delay graduation. There is a certain satisfaction in closure, if you know what I mean.
Now I need to figure out what to do next, in terms of running. Will probably seek to share some of the collected wisdom of this group on that, by posting to the questions section later on. I'm not interested in a half marathon just yet, preferring to focus on the Olympic triathlon first. But ideas for improving speed and what has worked for others as 10K+ weekly workout schedules will definitely be welcome!