Hello all, I seek your great collective knowledge. Since graduating from the c25k plan a few weeks ago I have been doing 30 min or 5k runs - the two coincided shortly afterwards which I was very happy about. It's been a struggle getting out to run sInce the summer holidays began but I've managed a couple of PBs nonetheless. However, I properly tried the Stepping Stones podcast today to help stabilize my pace. (I did have it running on my last run but didn't stick rigidly to the pace as I was battling a sea breeze at the time & also wanted to make sure I ran 5k again even if it killed me). I did feel like I was picking the pace up yet I seemed to be consistently slower! I kept checking my phone, as I had Strava running, & thought it must have paused or lost signal or something! But no, the 30 minutes coincided with the podcast. Today I was running in a partly wooded park, no traffic or strong breeze, or any major inclines, & meant to be faster, but only covered 4.7km instead of my now usual 5.
So how does that work? I do feel maybe I was taking smaller strides in order to get my feet to keep to the beat, but I don't take massively long ones normally so surely that can't be it? So how did I seemingly run at a faster pace to my legs but not in terms of distance?!
Thanks in advance for your input 😉