After my ticking off by MissWobble for running too fast during W8R1 I decided today would be the day to go for a personal best - in slowness. I hadn't decided whether it was going to be a running or a walking day when I got up (I go out most days first thing) because I'd done a lot of walking yesterday in big thick hiking boots (25 k) and wasn't sure how my legs would be. They felt OK and as I was going to go so slowly I thought I'd go for it.
No music, because that would set the pace and just runkeeper in my ear to keep track of the time, it's too dark at that time in the morning for a watch, I set off at a gentle pace after my warm up. Smooth as silk my breathing was, not a puff or a pant for the whole 28 mins. It was a doddle and I really enjoyed it! I think I could keep this up for at least an hour, I thought to myself, I could do this every day, my conversation with myself continued. At about 27 mins I pulled my phone out to make sure I got the time right, at 28 I switched runkeeper off and then after a while realised I was still running. So I stopped and wasn't even out of breath (I was sweating though).
Now don't get me wrong, it really was a personal best in slowness, but it was faster than I can walk and I felt like a runner, easy, with my head up, and absolutely confident that these 28 minutes were not going to defeat me.
And on my cool-down I had a big grin on my face because I now know for certain I will graduate (barring injury, or sickness). I can run the next four runs at that pace for 30 mins with ease. I can run 5 k at that pace. I can probably run even further at that pace (now don't get too cocky, girl). After graduation I can vary my three runs a week by trying to go faster on one, doing a really easy one like today and trying to go further at that easy pace.
It was a bit of a revelation.
But then MissWobble has been telling us all along to "slow down".