If anyone read my blog at the weekend, you will perhaps remember how I inadvertantly skipped week 7 run 3 and all of week 8 to complete week 9 run 1 by mistake. I was out in heavy rain and, rather than walk home and get even wetter than I already was, I decided to keep running and get back in front of the fire a little bit quicker. I managed to do 5k in 32 minutes that time round.
Well, I decided to keep up this progress and see if I could cope with a week of 30 minute runs. So I set out last night (although my belly was still feeling a little heavy from dinner) with a 'can do' attitude and a playlist of my own tunes. I have reached breaking point with the C25K music choices!! For the record, I skim listened through the week 8 podcast, as I felt no C25K experience is complete without being able to form an opinion on the Marmite tune. That's 'Julie', for those uninitiated. I can report that, although it is awful, it is no more awful than many of the dire auditory offences I have experienced over the last 7 weeks. in fact, it comes nowhere near the levels of toecurling cringiness of one of the tracks on weeks 5 and 6 I think. I can't remember any details about it other than a female vocal and she sings about "making me sweat..." and "I've got one foot on the ground and my world is spinning upside down" ugh. I'm recoiling at the thought.
Anyway, back to last night. I set off at a leisurely pace and took my usual circular route down past the marina, along the shore to the yacht club and along the beach promenade. When I first tried this run it was really tough, by the time I reached the yacht club I was seriously out of breath, and counting the seconds til I could stop. Last night I was gliding along. I reached the yacht club and had barely noticed my breathing, whereas before it was all I could to get air into my lungs!! I made it along the beach, gave myself a small uphill to get back onto the road, and ran back along the road. When Nike+ told me I had run for 30 minutes, I decided to carry on to 5k (about another 0.2km). When I reached this, I decided to carry onto the end of the road. When I got there, I decided to run to the entrance of my estate. Only when I hit the big hill did I stop. 5.65km in 36 minutes. And if that hill hadn't been there I would've carried on (it's seriously steep).
Sorry if this is a bit long winded, but I'm feeling seriously chuffed today. One more run and it's graduation!!! I may give myself a few rest days and do the Parkrun on Saturday. My knee is a bit sore today, and I can't imagine what could be worse than injuring myself on my last run.
Thanks for reading!!!