Having kept the pixies at bay yesterday, today I went out for my first post graduation run. I wanted to cover a full 5k to check how far I was from the 30min milestone.
I went out a bit earlier than usual, to take advantage of the sunny afternoon and run a stretch of Thames Path that I particularly like but has no illumination at all.
Running in the daylight was a bit strange; a lot more traffic, both on the road and on the pedestrian way, must have sent my inner metronome tilt and I set off at a faster pace than usual.
That made this run quite tough, probably my toughest so far, and I had to fight hard not to give up during the last kilometre.
When the phone app told me I reached the 5k I stopped with gratitude, a strange light-headed feeling, and a tiny bit of disappointment for how tired I was feeling.
Then I looked at the data and I understood why I was feeling that way; it was my fastest run so far and it tuned out I was not far at all from the 30-min milestone! Yippee!
Now the plan is consolidation, consolidation, consolidation... until I can arrive at the end of those 5k-in-30min with (relative) ease.