The previous two runs had been hard slogs, ones where my legs felt heavy, I checked my watch constantly and I had to really push to get through them. So I was a bit apprehensive in the lead up to this run. I gave myself an extra day, hydrated like mad and actually waited for it to rain so I could be guaranteed a cool run!
I started off at a comfortable pace, and gave myself a shock when I checked my Garmin after a few minutes - 7mins per km! I usually hover around 8 - 8.30 mins. So I dropped my pace back to 8.30mins, even though it felt a bit slow. Got to five minutes, then halfway without too much effort - feeling good! So I decided to up my pace. Travelling along at 8mins per km, still feeling good. And I'd hardly checked my watch. Coming into the last three or so minutes, I upped my pace again and fininished off strongly, averaging 7.30mins per km for the last 500m! Best pace was 6.40! Wow. I ran a good solid 3.5km overall.
One of my goals is to run 5k in under 30mins. I'm not going to reach that by the end of Week 9, but yesterday's run was the first time I felt like this will actually be achievable if I keep up my slow and steady progress. Feeling on top of the world and looking forward to my next run now!