Well today I run on my own with no group, and I decided to run along the balmy butterfly route.
This entails walking for 5k mostly uphill, running for 5k along a long drawn out hill (feels only slightly undulating), then walking another 5k mostly downhill.
well it was later in the day than I normally set out, and truth be told am not feeling so very hot at the moment either, but decided after yesterdays depression and carb munch out I really really needed to just get out there!
The walk went great, decided to step it up a notch (basically speed walking uphill leaving all the dog walkers, who usually pass me when I'm running, behind, yay!)
The beginning of the run was kind of strange I just couldn't find my stride, Kept wanting to put leg out in front in a weird position, still eventually (5 minutes later) got into the zone and off I went.
Huffing and puffing along nicely when I decided that normally run 3 Laura gives us a bit of a challenge, so stepped it up quickened the pace lifted the knees a little higher, pumped the arms a little faster, breathing nice and deep.
Am running along to week 8 as that is the longest podcast I have (don't know what happened to week 9?) when Laura announces that's 10 minutes-only ten minutes I am actually quite knackered so take her earlier advice and slow it down some, only butterflies on this route no-one to judge me
Unfortunately I reach the 5k point at 23 minutes 45 seconds, now what? Do I slow down for the brisk walk or carry on running for the 30 minutes? Legs decide, we are running!
Legs pack up at the exact same time that Laura announces well done that's 28 minutes running, wow I have given everything and am so completely gutted, then think back, hang on I passed the 5k I ran 28 minutes what am I disappointed about? This was actually incredibly awesome, am just a little shaky now, but is that my blood pressure or low blood sugar? Finished the brisk walk, and this route, which usually takes about 13/4 hrs, only took 1 hr 10 minutes, grabbed a water and a banana and now a nice sit down until the calves stop singing! Wow how is that for improvement