First outing for the new shorts. Photo attached after complaints yesterday 🤣
This is the first time I’ve run without Lycra undershorts as the new shorts have a mesh lining (as found in men’s swim shorts). Wow. What a difference. So much more breezy.
This is the first run where I’ve set out to do 5k - last time happened by accident because a 40 minute run was so close to 5k that I carried on.
So this is the first time I walked 5 mins then ran 2.5k away from my house. No Toxic 10 today, gremlins manageable.
I rounded the bend that is usually in the final few metres of my 4k run and I had this weird sensation, like a piece of elastic around my waist and attached to my house was reaching its limit.
I just kept wanting to turn back and I spent a full 0.5k checking my watch, half going forward, half leaning backward, feeling a bit confused and lost. I reached the point where I had mapped the 2.5k to be and it wasn’t. More confusion.
Finally the half way ping happened. I rewarded myself with an emergency Haribo and turned for home.
Running back was much harder than usual. My legs were at familiar parts of my route but they had done a full km more by the time I was there. Sirens Hill is always a struggle - especially as it ends with a really long false-flat - but today I was finding it harder.
Right leg started playing up a little. Calf niggly, thigh near the knee making itself known. Apart from that felt like I could run on and on.
My time was 44 mins dead, 45 seconds slower than last time. That was slightly disappointing but I think the confusion thing nearing halfway had a lot to do with it. I’m certainly not unhappy - that is only my second ever 5k and I will trade fast times for avoiding toxic 10 and gremlins every time.
A lot has been written over the past week about the support of this forum and the virtual friendships formed among us all sharing this challenge and succeeding together. I know I wouldn’t have made it this far without that support. You are a special bunch.
Whatever run you have next, enjoy it x