This week I had to change my running groove. My other half has disappeared upcountry (as we say round here) with the car. So I have no transport to get to my usual running haunt - the coast path by St Michael's Mount. I toyed with taking a sabbatical because of the hot weather, but decided I was being a wuss and needed to brave the hill out of the village. I extended my warm up walk to 10 -15 mins in order to walk the worst of the gradient and then I was onto some relatively flat, narrow, rural lanes.
Firmly plugged into my headphones, I was a bit trepidatious about being mown down by passing vehicles, but at 6am - not a single car passed me! The leafy lanes were cooler than the coast path has been, but the tarmac was hard on the knees. My new trainers felt springy and I tried to practise 'kissing the ground lightly'. I'm not really sure what I'm doing with this, so glad no one was around to witness it. I think I'm still in the category of 'fairy elephant', a description my mother frequently used to describe my 5 year old attempts at ballet - scarred me for life!
When was nearing the end of my intended 30 mins, I was feeling OK. It coincided with having to cross the normally busy main road, but at this time in the morning it was empty! So I carried on running thinking I would try for a 5k.
Reader. This is the point when I reveal the secret to running faster... The key thing to remember is that the last part of my run was returning to the village - DOWNHILL!! Who knew there was such a simple and effortless solution to improving pace! I shaved a whole TWO MINUTES off my previous 5k time. Ok, so I'm not breaking any records, but a sub 40 minute 5k? 39:27 in fact - I'm happy with that!
The only downside though is that my new trainers have given me a blister - just at the point on my nascent bunion where the support to my under-pronating foot ends.
Any tips? Rest it? Plaster it? Resort to my old trainers for a bit? All advice gratefully received...