I can't believe it!!!
Yes it wasn't the fastest 10k ever. Mo Farah can rest easy but I did it.
I hadn't set out to do it when I went out this morning. I assumed it would be around 8-8.5. To put you in the picture on Saturday I ran out 4km and then turned and ran back. This morning I decided to run on as I figured a full "loop" would be around the 8.5km mark. I was wrong . Under normal circumstances the run might be 9.5ish but the route crosses a level crossing. When I was within about 35m, the lights started flashing and the barriers came down. I had 3 choices.
1. I could stop (I reckon I would have seized up as this was around the 7.5k mark)
2. I could run on the spot ala 118 and look exceedingly silly.
3. I could run back for a bit and then return and keep this going until the barriers opened.
I opted for 3 and ran back and forth 8 times (2 trains passed). Off I went and completed the loop and it measured 10.14 km
By the end my paced had slowed to around 9.5kph but I did it. I am so chuffed
I cannot beleive I managed this so soon after C25K graduation.
I may well have a nice glass of something tonight to celebrate and ease my weary bones