I never get much of a chance to catch up with the world of C25k over the weekend, so Monday morning in work with a coffee always starts with a lengthy browse over the pages and a chance to put together a few words about my weekend's escapades. And here we are again!
I have found my two post graduation runs to be incredibly tough... I'm not sure if it's to do with the psychology of it, in that I feel that I have graduated so my mind thinks that I should automatically find it easy, or I am pushing myself harder to run a bit faster and I'm tiring myself out earlier. But either way, I'm having a hard time with the 5k. Saturday morning's run was a toughy. I set out to complete 5.5k, in an effort to increase up gradually to my 10k target for my race next year. The first 2.5k I felt like I was gliding, it was going really well. I barely broke a sweat. Then all of a sudden, the wall came. My pace dropped right down, and I felt like I was running through treacle. I managed to run to 5k on the dot, and stopped. I was a bit disappointed with myself, especially as it wasn't beyond me to push for another 500m, after having done what I had done.
So, at least I made 5k. That's my minimum acceptable target. I know it's only been two runs since graduation, but I am restless. I have loads of time before my 10k (it's in April), but I am itching to get up to that standard. I guess i should relax for a week or two, and just enjoy the 5k and accustomise to it, but the 10k target is always in the back of my mind.
I did, however, notice a wonderful side effect of all this running. We had our housewarming party on Saturday, and all of our nearest and dearest descended on the house with their kids in tow. I'm a sucker for a kid who wants to play, and I was the one they came to to play chaseys or to kick the football with them. I couldn't believe how much easier it was to chase after them and not get out of breath. In fact I spent most of the day either chasing or being chased, or with a small child on my shoulders running around like a lunatic. many of the adults even commented on my new found athleticism!!!
Hope everyone has had a successful weekend!