I took today off and was looking forward to a good, long run. My plans were thwarted somewhat by a spontaneous party yesterday evening. Son no.1 has finally finished his apprenticeship and as of today financially independent. It's been a bit of a rocky road so we're all very happy and he threw a party to celebrate yesterday evening. He only lives next door and I was quite touched when he wanted me to come round too (and no, it wasn't because the alcohol was running out!) and proceeded to say how much it meant to him that I was there, that he really appreciated his parents etc. (and yes, he was drunk, but he was still quite sweet!). So there was too much alcohol consumed yesterday evening and I went to bed too late. Which meant I didn't get out first thing as I had planned and was maybe not as fit as I should be.
But come the afternoon the cool temperatures and my trainers were calling to me and I set off on my usual long run route over fields and through woods. It was really nice and cool, about 12C, with a threat of heavy rain, so I had to take my dry case with me for my phone, tucked into my running belt, and a cap to keep any rain off my glasses. Sometimes I think it's easier in winter when you can just take a jacket with pockets. It poured down very briefly, just about where I need to decide whether to do the 8 or 10k route and decided me on the shorter distance. And I was surprisingly fast again despite setting out at what I thought was a slower, sustainable pace. Runkeeper kept telling me that I was running well under 7 min/km whereas I would have been happy with about 7:15/km. In fact I ran a PB at 5km (only 2 seconds, but so what!), that's the second this week! I ended up doing only 7k, my stamina wouldn't stretch to 10k at that speed, but it was easily my fastest run over 5k.
Looking at the statistics it seems I am a good 30secs/km faster than usual on long runs. I really don't know where this has suddenly come from (new shoes?), but I quite like it. I ran a PB for 5k on Friday and again today. I got my fastest km and 2km this week - it's all a bit perplexing because I'm not doing anything different. I'm still not speedy, but 6:30/km is now within striking distance and then the elusive 5k in 30 mins is not that far away. If I managed that I would be over the moon!