Well, I've done it, I've achieved my personal goal of running 5K in 30 minutes on my third post graduation run. Actually, I did it in 29min 57sec My graduation run was 5k in 34min 37sec so tonight's run also resulted in a PB
If you have been following my previous posts you will know I have had various problems mapping a 5K route and made some bad dietary decisions, too However, tonight, it all came together beautifully.
I had taken a two day rest before tonight's run, had a meal when I got in from work, let it settle for two hours before commencing my run, and didn't overdo the fluids. In my previous two runs I had also set off too fast so tonight I forced myself to reduce my early pace.
To be honest, tonight's run was the most comfortable of my post grad runs and I actually enjoyed it. Upon reaching the 4k mark I was still very comfortable, so much so that I thought I must be well outside my goal of finishing within 30 minutes. A quick check of my watch indicated that it wasn't as bad as I had first thought but it did show that in order to reach my goal, I would have to up the pace for the last km, which I did. That last km, or to be more precise, the last half km, was tough! I was desperate to hear that fifth beep which would indicate 5k Eventually it came, and a quick glance at my watch confirmed I'd done it, 5K in 29min 57sec I can't begin to explain how I felt on seeing that time. Clenched fists and a subdued cry of 'YES' followed and internally I felt amazing.
Back home, removing my shoes etc, I spotted the c25k wall chart that I had downloaded from the forum and subsequently fixed on to the conservatory wall (which is where my treadmill is situated). I looked at week 1 and had a little chuckle out loud when seeing what was required for those first runs; run for 60 seconds; walk for 90 seconds. That really hit home with me just how far I have come in just 12 weeks! It truly is amazing and what's even more amazing is that I'm not alone. There are many, many people who have done exactly the same and, I know, many, many more to come.