The further you get away from runs the nicer they seem. At the time they're often not very pleasant. I was looking forward to this run, but also aware that 4 runs a week is a bit much and last week I really needed the 2 days off between W5R3 and W6R1. But that was last week. And this week I was feeling much better. There is always a little voice saying "don't overdo it" though and I think that voice woke the gremlins up. Anyway I went out mid-morning and the first 15 minutes there were lots of niggly comments from the re-awakened gremlins:
"This isn't the time you normally run" answer "I know, trying something different, I can actually run on paths in daylight"
"That tea you drank is sloshing around. Aren't you hungry?" answer "I'll be fine, I normally run mornings on an empty stomach"
"Aren't you going a bit fast" answer "I don't think so, but I'll slow down"
"Call that breathing. Puffing like an old steam engine you are" (unfortunately there was no answer to that, the gremlins were right)
"You're not even half way there, look at the route ahead of you, you're already tired" answer "No I'm not, and will you lot please shut up"
After 15 minutes they did and there was never any chance of them stopping me, but there were not so many reserves left in my tank when the last minute came. I did increase my speed a little, but started to feel a little queasy from over-exertion (brought back memories of school cross-country) and was glad when the cool-down came.
I was pleased with the statistics, I was more consistent than the last run and again the 3rd km was my fastest. All in all my fastest run. Not that that's saying much.
Now I know what Laura says I might run without the podcast and music next time - will have to think how I get the timing right without Laura prompting me. I ran with runkeeper again today and I don't know if I like the pressure. On the other hand I want the statistics if only for future reference.
Maybe try to go for my SLOWEST speed next time.
Oh what fun! Roll on W7R2 on Tuesday!