Inspired by my fellow runners this week I continued my attempt to run some hills.
Monday I repeated a previous run for some continuity but Thursday I took a slightly different approach. Still time constrained in the mornings I picked two roads in my locality to run a loop around. Both roads have a good hill and are around 400m each. This made a great training loop to try my hand at hill repeats. I started with the intent of doing 5 laps which would have made 5k including the linking roads before anyone questions my maths! But after 3 laps I had had enough! Fitness just not there yet for this kind of continual hammering!
So today after a full days rest I set out on my weekend 5k run. But I decided that instead of trying to go for pace I would try to improve my distance and see how I felt for 6k.
So I set off taking the first hill nice and steady. After the town I hit the golf club and avoided the natural temptation to go hell for leather down the hill. Reaching the pond instead of avoiding it like I usually do I took in a lap to increase my distance by 500m - boy was it windy.
The plan was coming together. Now all I needed was to get to the end. As I came towards the final 1k a surge of energy found me sprinting - it was only for about 300m but felt good. Slowing back down again to a steady pace I had to run past the tempting bench where I normally finish my 5k as my calculations were a little bit off. Only 400m required so another sprint and the 6k was up.
Now my times are not normally world class by a long way but normally I struggle in the final 1k so this ability to add some speed in the final K was great. Checking my times after the run was a surprise as it was much faster (for me) than I had thought. Taking things slow early in the run had paid off and let me get more distance but also gave me more energy in the final 2k.
So slow and steady wins the day again. Looking back I wonder how I got here after just 5 months. Oh yeah Couch To 5k and the help and encouragement of this forum - thank you. Happy running and keep believing it's what gets you to the end.