Well that's the uncertainty about running 3 minutes out of the way...! I had a terrible nights sleep (or lack thereof) last night - woke up at 1:30am and was absolutely wide awake. Still awake at 3:30pm so decided to get up for pre-run breakfast to get some energy inside me. Went back to bed and drifted in and out until 5:30am when the alarm went off. Got up had coffee, banana, got my gear on and paced around the house again to get my limbs moving as it was getting gradually lighter outside.
By 6:40am I gave it a go... I set RunKeeper on my normal 5km circuit map again, did a good 10 min warm up walk (as it was bl**dy cold outside with frost everywhere) and then timed my first run to start just as I got onto the canal towpath. The first run section always gives me a few twinges in various bits of my legs, it's as if my body is getting used to the activity again - thankfully it settles down after the first run section. Even though I was shattered from hardly any sleep I think this was my best run yet. Maybe I'm getting better at it? Maybe it was as I was better fuelled with cereal, banana and coffee, well before I headed out? Probably both... I even tried to make myself run a little faster than normal at times during the run sections, and then slowed back down again to make sure I finished the 3 minute runs OK. Everything is relative, of course, don't assume "speeded up" means I was going to break any land speed records...
Feeling pretty positive again today after this - I'm enjoying getting out there and doing something I thought I'd never do.
Just scoffed a home-made protein bar and a pint of water as I write this, after my stretches. Now for a nice hot shower and then probably collapse on the sofa due to sleep deprivation!
For the stats: distance: 3.14 miles (5.05km), duration: 43m49s (total run time = 9 mins (90s, 3min, 90s, 3min), the rest was walking)