I think I went a bit nuts tonight. Was very tired (six hour journey home from Bingley mostly sitting in traffic - should have taken 3 hours and a half) and stiff, so went for a run to get my steps up and get my legs moving and feeling a bit better.
I KNOW that the distance between the railway bridge near the sports centre up to the next one on the cycle path is 2.5 km. So, even with wanting to do 5k, I should have walked to that, run to the top bridge and back, then walked home.
Oh no. Started the Fitbit app at home, thought "never mind, the pace will be wrong for the first km but at least it'll track the whole thing." Started running on the path towards the first bridge. The 1 km warning sounded not long after I had passed my "start line."
Brain, totally illogically (and it is illogical, I know that now) argued "okay, I haven't run 1 k yet, because that's up by the sheep field, so if I run to 3 km then it's about 2 km really and I've got about 3 km from that point to get home and then I'll have done my 5k."
Ran to the top bridge (remember in real terms, by this point I've actually run over 2.5 km and I've convinced myself I've done less than this). Turned around, started to run back. Started to get a stitch not long afterwards (because panic has set in, I'm running too fast and it's the time of the month, TMI but heigh ho). Had to walk for a few seconds then started running again. Told myself off and vowed to run a bit further at the end to make up for it. Over the next five minutes I have to walk again twice - probably for no more than twenty seconds - so agree with myself to carry on running a little bit further at the end to make up for this failure.
The 6k warning goes off before I get back to the sports centre bridge. Acknowledging that technically I have run 5k by this point (which part of my brain kicks in I'm not sure, but I soon start ignoring it again, never fear) I walk, stretch out my right side (which is cramping, again) and then carry on running. Up the track, and home.
Checked on computer when I got in, just to compare mapmyrun stats with Fitbit (because I don't completely trust Fitbit yet, and mapmyrun shows a nice pace graph Fitbit doesn't).
Total distance covered: 6.96 km.
You can see on the graph that my pace went up when I started running at 0.5 km. I carried on running (with the brief walks) until I got to my door.
So 6.46 km was covered mostly running.
No wonder I now feel rough. I am blaming hormones and tiredness for just not noticing.
I might have a two day rest now. I only really went out because it's going to chuck it down here tomorrow!! And now bits of me hurt and I'm confused because I didn't actually run 5k without stopping, but I probably did get to about 3 and a bit before walking briefly and... gah! Onwards and upwards.