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Speed improving

Today was the first time since I started the programme that, during my warmup walk, I thought "I really, really don't want to do this". But no excuses and all that (plus I was already ON the treadmill), so to mix it up I added 10 minutes of incline (2x5 mins), and I noticed that my speed was faster throughout, even on the inclines. I used to run at a steady speed during W9 and right after graduation, and I found that speed too slow after a minute so I went a tad faster. I didn't need to slow down for the inclines, and for a long time during the flat running I went even faster. I haven't done any speed training, and this is only the second time I've added "hills" (which I know improve your speed). So I guess this is just my body getting more efficient because of the regular running? It's nowhere near an improvement I could gain if specifically trained for it, but I did reach my PB (running time only) of 4.29 km in 30 minutes even with 10 minutes of incline! Needless to say, I am one happy person today :)

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Ah you edited before i had a chance to congratulate you on your PB ☺

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hahaha yes, The Flash I'm definitely not!

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Hi Shivani, changing things up a bit can be helpful. You get used to doing the same thing and its no longer a challenge so can be a bit boring.. (more so on a treadmill, I would think).

I did my usual route the other way around last week, and although I had to dig in as it was hillier, found I had run faster. Didn't really enjoy it at the time, but very pleased afterwards.😊

Keep changing things up.. and enjoy the challenge. x

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Thanks Jan!

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that's about the same as me :)

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It's weird how sometimes you don't want to run then end up having a great run isn't it?

You will only get faster/further from now on in 😀

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Shivani..brilliant.. you are doing so well! Accidental successes are a real delight! Well done... Glad you are still running and feeling more like it ..big hug x

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Thanks floss :)

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