I'm on a business trip today and so far have not run in "foreign" cities, even when on the programme, but always squeezed the runs around the days I've been away. Not this time, you lot have persuaded me that "running tourism" is also fantastic fun. So instead of just taking a rucksack with a change of clothes I have a case with running shoes (and a change of clothes) and intend to do "Speed" around the not so beautiful streets of Frankfurt tomorrow morning. Route mapped out! Actually quite excited about it. And it's all your fault!
On another note I ran "Stepping Stones" again yesterday morning. I found it difficult again, too fast at the beginning and the gremlins were screaming that if I couldn't keep this pace up how on earth would I be able to increase the pace. But this time I could ignore them and managed the whole thing. It got easier half way through and I was definitely able to up the pace for the last 5 mins. This was reflected in my stats which nicely show the increase in speed corresponding with the increase in cadence. It's just there was no increase in cadence - which is weird! I did indeed start out too fast at about 158 (instead of 150), increasing to 163 (instead of 155), then DROPPING to 153 (instead of increasing to 160). Very odd. My sense of rhythm is obviously crap. I wasn't very fast, but quite pleased I'd stuck it out. Also very pleased that my 8 km run on Saturday left me feeling absolutely fine.
So having got a few decent runs in over the last few days I'm feeling a bit more secure.
And now let's see what Frankfurt has to offer!