I ran 5k in 28 minutes this morning. Excuse the French, but WTF?!
I had not run in 5 days because of snowmageddon and when I woke this morning to see the snow had completely gone, that was it! I was up and gulping down water and coffee and in my running gear as fast you could say run, Sadie, run! It was lovely and sunny too, and so much warmer than of late. I decided to try a new route today, through a different local park. Smaller than my usual haunting ground park, but with a nice loop around a lake. Now frozen (see picture). The geese were skidding around on the frozen surface, looking at me askance as I loped along the now snow and ice free paths. It was joyful. I think it was the joy that fuelled me – to be out again in warmer temps, wearing the perfect amount of clothing, and with the sun shining down on my face.
I certainly wasn't trying to run fast, and I did not think I was, as my breathing was so steady and easy. When MapMyRun told me my current pace was around 4.6 min a km, I couldn't believe my ears, and slowed down immediately! I am NOT a speed freak; I am very much of the slow and steady school of running and my goal is actually to run for longer, not quicker – always has been. But I did feel like I was flying, and it did not feel strained in any way. Disclaimer to those doing C25K – the aim of the programme is not to run 5k in under 30 minutes, it is to run for 30 minutes, no matter the distance you cover in that time. I graduated in November, and it took me a while to get to 5k, and then I was taking 34 minutes to run it. Today was a freak incident, the first time I have run a sub 30-minute 5k and I dare say I may never repeat it! I hope I don't pay for it later! But I feel okay now. Just slightly shocked.
Time aside, it was a beautiful run and it was a run for the joys. I do hope that any of you still suffering under the snowy conditions can get out soon. Don't worry about any time out from running you have had to take. In my case, it seemed to have done me some good!
Happy running, all.