So first it has been a good week for the running:
Sunday - 13km - 1:16:57
Tuesday - 5km - 26:53
Thursday - 5km - 29:00
Today - 5km - 22:22
Recently my calf's have been very tight so I bought compression calf support to help. It certainly has helped because even though my calf's are a bit tight I have had no pain while I have been running. It gave me the confidence to push a bit more today. In addition I have slowly increased my endurance by increasing my long runs. I am aiming to increase to a half marathon distance by next month. I will then maintain my long runs between 16km and HM distance. In addition I will start interval sessions again but I think I have to improve my endurance first.
So to today, I set my Garmin so I could race against last weeks time of 22:55. My aim was to improve my time by about 10 seconds. Every km I looked at the watch to see where I was compared to last week. The watch kept showing me as about 5 seconds ahead, so nothing special. I felt like I was keeping up a good pace but the watch wasn't reflecting that. I tried to keep up with the runners around me and whenever someone pulled a bit ahead of me I tried to improve my pace to keep up. When I got to the 4km mark I felt tired and because the watch wasn't showing me as much better than last week I didn't increase my pace to try and gain 10 seconds or so. When I finished my time was 22:22 and I was very surprised. The reason the watch's comparison was so off was because it has measured today's run as 4.86km rather than 5km. This has happened a few times before but it is a limitation of the technology.
So I am very happy with the time but had I known I was so close to my PB of 22:12 I would have pushed through and maybe got the PB.
So I have a 15km planned for tomorrow and maybe a faster Parkrun next week!
Happy running all and here is a link to today's run: