SO i DID go out and do wk 9 r 1 last night after all ( despite anxiety re tight glutes/ hamstrings post stretch class Tue night) and , somewhat surprisingly to me, was without doubt the BEST run I have done during this whole ( elongated c25k process!!).
Started out ( very ) slowly ( as is my want) .. until breathing settled down and became easy ( usually between 5 and 10 mins ) .. so I plodded along at my usual pace, Laura dutifully counting down every 5 minute sector.. 5 mins, 10 mins, 15 mins ( oh well done you're half way.. she is JUST so relentlessly ' optimistic and upbeat and OK i KNOW you want/need that ' pat on the back ' kind of thing.. but part of me secretly wants to have a ' Grumpy Laura ' tape by now.. where she is having an off day.. and barks at you.. and growls at you.. a sort of, ' You wanna know how long you've run? go buy a watch!! '
but no always relentlessly positive on the tapes is our Laura.. and as I was plodding along somewhere around half way out I suddenly thought, you know i COULD go faster than this.. , so rather than pick up my speed, i just lengthened my stride a bit.. so i was travelling faster , after a while got more out of breath again.. so slowed down.. but i kept doing this all through the latter half of the race.. got to the last minute or so.. and i Still was running freely and easily.. SO I really picked it up.. and for the FIRST time.. I kind of looked at myself.. and i thought , you know I'm really RUNNING here.. liek these ' real ' runners you often see as you drive past them...
So apologies to anyone if I was overly dismissive re. stretching , 1 hour stretching the day before running seems to have caused me to have the EASIEST run ever.. not quite ' enjoyable' but i can SEE where people get to hat place where you go ' I could DO this for a long time'
So my QUESTION from all of this.. IS this a common experience?? Have many others gone out day after yoga/pilates/ stretching class and found the run SOOO much easier? I'd be interested in any who have had a similar experience before I definitively linked one with the other. It could just be , having been anxious about doing the run , got out , found was easier than expected. I know in general terms stretching good .. but the level of increase in performance i found was really quite fascinating.. was stretching the cause?
Have a good one, y'all!