For the first time ever, I ran 10k and even a little bit extra.
After my super speedy run on Wednesday, when I finally broke the 9 minute mile barrier over 5k, my left leg has been almost totally useless - my shin hurts, my hamstrings feel like they're going to snap and my big toe joint is causing all sorts of problems.
I should have run on Friday but that was a definite no, as was yesterday - I spent the day hobbling round like a very old lady.
Woke up this morning and my leg still didn't feel right, plus I was getting short spells of dizzintss (possibly due to my on-going sinus problems.) Hummed and haahed about whether to have another day's rest (but worrying I might never feel fully fit to get out) or whether to push on through (possibly forcing a situation that would then require even more rest days).
After a quick amble around Tesco, my leg was feeling a bit easier so I bit the bullet and hit the streets - no real fixed goal, but a vague idea of where to get to before turning back.
First 5 minutes was bad...really bad. My leg felt pretty dire and I was very tempted to stop and walk home. Next 20 minutes or so were tough - my head was full of doubts. Got to the turn around and decided that it was quicker to run back than to walk, even slowing my pace to a snail' s.
Plodded homeward and suddenly found I was in the zone - breathing fine, legs working on their own (even if my left leg was slapping the ground like a dead fish)...all thoughts of, "how much further?...I must stop...I WANT to stop!" left me and I decided simply to carry on.
Quick look at my phone told me I'd run for 50 minutes. There was no way I was stopping so close to an hour (furthest run to date had been 48 minutes), so I carried on until I hit the 60 minute mark...and it felt good! I actually could have kept on running.
Came home and mapped it on Runkeeper - 6.43 miles...more than the magic 10k!
My last 3 weekends' long runs have been a revalation to me - I always thought that the fact I was dying to stop after 5k, puffing, tired, legs like lead etc, meant that any further was impossible. Now I realise that everything after that is SO much easier and more than pays for the torture of those first few miles.
I'm on a high - goodness only know what my body will have to say about my behaviour tomorrow, but for now, I'm over the moon. Xx