For the last week and a half my PB for running 5 Km have been beaten on each run I do. Almost a year ago my PB on the 20 Dec 2013 was 31:19 for 5 Km and I could never improve on this in fact it stayed between the 31:30 to 32 minute area. Then on Monday 8 Dec 2014 I did 30:40, Thursday 11 Dec it was 30:25, Monday 15th Dec it was 30:12 and today Wednesday 17th Dec I broke the 30 m mark with a 29:46. Apart from today I never set out to run faster I just set off and enjoyed running as I always do so I started to think about what could have made the improvement in my times. First I put it down to it being colder, maybe we run faster in the cold. Was it the fact because of the cold and I had put my leggings on so my legs now had less drag against the air hence the increase in speed, unlikely. Then I thought about pre-run prep. Since taking early retirement last year I now run later in the morning 9:30 ish so I now eat something about an hour before my run. Previously I use to eat a slice of toast with some marmalade spread on top but with the colder weather I have been having porridge instead, those sachet types where you put it in a bowl with milk and stick in the microwave for a couple of minutes. So I thought oats are a superfood so it must be that, then I thought hang-on I have eaten porridge with the golden syrup flavour before and my times have not improved. But the variety I am eating this week is blueberry flavoured porridge so two superfoods combined so my conclusion is it must be the superfoods. If I eat three superfoods would I go faster still?
To anyone thinking of starting C25K or part way through the programme, I have said it many times before don't get hung up on times or targets. The aim of the programme is to get you running for 30 minutes non-stop or for 5 Km not 5 Km in 30 m. Just enjoy the fact you have got off the couch and are running and then the PB's will come to you like they have for me.