20 minutes in one go. I'm not going to lie, that was hard.
I think it was partly to do with the fact that we had a team building day playing rounders yesterday, so not quite a rest day. It was windy and running into wind was something I'd not experienced before. I think I ate some dodgy food yesterday so my tummy was a bit iffy. Do these all sound like excuses?? Mmmm, I think they could be.
So I was pretty nervous going into this one...wondering whether I'd get through it or not. Of course I did get though it and the first 10 minutes were fine, then my legs started to feel tired, and then up the hill through the park (which is my nemesis, and a bit of a mental barrier for me), my breathing became much more laboured. I slowed the pace and just plodded (or dragged myself) up there waiting for the time to be up, trying to turn my grimace into a smile when passing the other folk out for a walk.
When the time was up, my legs were like jelly, and walking was a bit wibbly wobbly for a little while. But after a couple of mintutes (and once I was at the top of the hill), I reckon I could have run some more. Eeek...that was a surprise.
My goal of 5k in under 30 minutes seems a pretty long way off at the moment. But every run I am smashing my Strava PB's, and being a statistics driven kind of gal this really motivates me.
I'm tempted to find a route that is flatter, but part of me doesn't want to avoid hills. I don't want them to become an issue during my runs. I tend to pump my arms a bit more and try not to let me breathing get too gaspy...it was hard today though. Maybe I should make the uphill the start of the run on fresher legs??
I did pass a lady runner a couple of times on my loop going the opposite way. She was probably in her 50s, and was going at some pace. She was definitely an inspiration to me and I hope to be running at her speed, and most definitely at her age.
Looking forward to the next one as always....may this running obsession continue!