Started running this morning thinking about how great it will be to finish the program and looking forward to the prospect of buying my graduation jacket I promised myself on week 1.
I forgot to wear gloves so I really was trying to get warm when Laura said I had run for 5 minutes and I was slightly ahead of my normal spot. In a moment of madness I thought, just maybe, I could try for the 5k so I moved up a gear and went for it......
With 5 minutes to go I was feeling really tired my body was shouting to slow down but I pushed on, with the 60 second warning I could see the end in sight but there was no energy left in me, my tank was empty. I really tried hard but my final sprint was more of a desperate splutter across the finish line in 30 minutes and 23 seconds. Knowing I couldn't have given any more, I was done.
Whilst I know this is brilliant, and I know how far I have come, I now feel rather flat at the prospect of losing Laura, a bit like the feeling when you have read a really good book, before you discover the next one. I know I can re-do some runs but really I need to keep moving on.
So to the future......
Plan 1, I started running to improve my fitness and hopefully shift a few pounds, both of which I have achieved (yippee) to a certain degree, but I have more work to do. So my target will be to work on my stamina so that I can do the 5K in 30 minutes BUT feel good and healthy at the end. I intend to continue running 3 times a week to achieve this.
Plan 2, So far my runs have been on a purpose built, flat exercise path, originally because this was mud free, then because I discovered how difficult hills are to run up. However I live on the South Downs, surrounded by beautiful countryside, big hills and deep valleys and my ambition is to run over these in a carefree manner with Lucy off lead.
1) So how do I introduce hill work and off-road running without injuring myself ?
2) Is there anything I should be aware of ?
3) Can anyone help me with a sensible plan of attack?