After several month's running without music, as explained in another post, I gave Laura and C25K+ Stamina another outing on thursday. It went well, felt good, and gave a 5km time 1 minute better than recent runs.
Soooo, I decided to check out the audiofuel site for my weekend run. I decided to download Polyrunner. This has 1 hour runs at several different constant cadences.
It was excellent. I really enjoyed it. My 10km time came in at 63 minutes, and my 5km time at 29 minutes. That's my best times for quite a while.
But, although quicker times are always nice to have, what was better was that the run felt very relaxed and easy. Looking back at the splits, I think it might be the fact that the speed was fairly constant all through the run. Even though in my naked runs I try to start off slowly, and build up, it seems that I start too quickly and slow down gradually during the run.
Looking back at my early runs with Laura, I see that the same is true. With music my speed is much more constant, and this seems to make the run feel easier.