Hellooooo all. Been a while since I last posted..have just been getting on with it (reading lots of your brilliant posts, newbies and grad's, when I can)...getting stronger, not necessarily faster, but have learned to slow down pace properly (when needs must and not all the time) and enjoying the run for the run.
Still at it three times a week...bloomin' getting cheesed off with some of the extremes of winter - it's my run day...been looking outside waiting for the snow to melt a bit...I was not feeling the love...winter is back - one day 13 degrees, the next sub-zero and snowing! Today in the Highlands it is pretty awful, but after skimming through the FB photo's from the No Fuss Events Runduro, held in Fort William at the weekend, running up a mountain and down again, pretty much - very cold with fresh snow fall on the ground - I thought, blimey, I should stop complaining about a bit of sleet and mush on the road and get out there - so I did!!
Being a competitive (mostly with myself) kind of person, I have had a tendency to break myself, by overdoing it - since October graduation, I've been mixing up the Galloway method run:walk ratios, to see what fits best - me and 60:30 run:walk seem to get along okay...have managed a few 10k runs (when the ice finally bogged off), have been trying to beat my previous 5k PB (no joy there, but seconds away from beating my 2nd January Crimbo cake & excess fuelled best...I might have to consume more crimbo cake and booze to beat that one again!!) and have had no injuries - phew!
But today, I set out in the sleet (horizontal, in ya face kind of stuff) and decided to ignore the 30 second interval bleeps and just carried on running in a #thisgirlcan kind of way, saying to myself, 'Tiki, you can do this!' which is odd, coz it isn't my name...!! I had set out to run up and down a few hills, because it's about time I did, but didn't fancy it and the urge to keep on running, thus proving to myself that I don't have to stop and walk for 30 seconds after every minute or so, just took over!
My time - nooooo PB - over 37 minutes, so more than three minutes slower than my crimbo cake run:walk best - even my 10k pace is faster! But... I am not broken, I did do it, I kept it good and steady, and felt that I had achieved something that I haven't done since the end of c25k...running-all-the-way-for-5k!!
Happy running week, all