So on Wednesday I finished work at 3:30pm and headed home, which is a fifteen minute walk, at which point I would normally head off for my run. I had some jobs to do around the house first; my motivation to run was ebbing with each minute and it seemed to be getting darker and more miserable at the same rate. Eventually, with all my jobs complete, I reluctantly decided I would do W7R1. I did my five minute walk, which almost perfectly brings me to the park where I run, and set off at what I thought was my usual pace. It's generally my breathing I struggle with but everything felt pretty good this time. I had my usual updates from Laura but my Fitbit also gives me my splits, usually around 5'30" to 6'. My first split was 4'50"! I felt like I was doing my usual pace but obviously not. I slowed up a little as I have pushed too hard too early before and paid the price later. My splits then varied from early to mid 5s and by the end of the run I checked my distance and I had covered 4.89k! I decided I was so close to the magic 5k that I would run the extra 110m and finish it and I did!!!
I know the point of the plan is about running for 30mins rather than achieving a distance but I have always been keen to reach that magic 'little' number and never thought I would be doing it so soon! My next runs will be at a much slower pace but I'm so happy to have done something I honestly never thought I'd never even do let alone enjoy!
I'm not the most frequent poster on here but I do visit almost every day and get advice, tips and encouragement from all the posts I read. Without this forum I would definitely ended up on the injury couch before now as this is my usual trick when I take up exercise so thank you to everyone on here and happy running! Now for an extra rest day or two...