Post-graduation I am mixing up my running. I’ve been very much enjoying this approach. Part of that mix is the 5k+ podcasts. I thought I had completed each one of these at least once which had surprised me previously as I had intended to leave the Stamina pod a while because it looked more difficult.
So this morning off I set, aiming to do Stepping Stones again. It had been a bit of a fight with the gremlins who didn’t want me to go, in your face gremlins, I’m out, I BEAT YOU!
I set off listening to the podcast. Thought to myself…….mmmmm you’ve selected the wrong version, I wanted the intro too, but no matter, I continued.
My goodness was it hard! After 10 mins running at the pace Laura wanted I thought ‘what is going on, I’ve done this before and managed to complete’. After the next 10 mins at an increased pace I was ready to give in. I carried on at that same increased pace for a further 5 mins, Laura said ‘just 5 more minutes at this pace’. WHAT DID YOU SAY LAURA? ……. you have got to be joking, that is not going to happen. So I walked those five minutes, my cool down walk, and turned off my phone.
I was so disappointed with myself! Those pesky Gremlins were celebrating : ‘there you go Jacs, , we knew you couldn’t sustain your previous achievements, you are not really a runner, WE WIN!’.
I was forlorn! I slumped into the chair at the kitchen table, looked at Mr W and told him I couldn’t run after all.
THEN: I switched on my phone to do my post run debrief……..bit of a habit I have. JOY OH JOY I noticed that by mistake I had run to the Stamina podcast NOT the planned Stepping Stones! Stamina increases the pace significantly to tha on Stepping Stone, which is why originally I had intended to leave it well alone for a while. And of course I haven’t done this run previously after all……..trust me, I would definitely have known!!
Then the dawning.........OK Gremlins, I WIN! I ran 25 minutes at a pace I have never done before! I had run my fastest ever 3k, yippee!!!!!!!
Im still slow but I CAN run faster after all. Now I just need to be able to run faster for longer.
Sub 45minute 5k beckoning before Christmas I think!