Another run. Another 5k.
I gave my head a bit of a wobble over the weekend and recognised that I’m holding myself back by doing mainly 4k runs. Call it “an abundance of caution”, call it laziness. I know I can do 5ks now, so I should be doing more of them. So that the 4ks start to feel like an easy ride rather than 5ks feeling like extra work.
So the plan for now is 5k-4k-5k for a couple of weeks then three 5ks. Then try to extend to 10k using juju’s programme.
Anyway today I was awake at 4am. Lots going on at the moment, most of it stressful, as I head towards the end of the divorce road with my ex and as politics takes another wild turn. (Quite rightly we keep politics out of this place but it is my day job and the increased prospect of an autumn election is a major headache.)
4am is too early to run so I toss and turn for the next hour and finally give in. Get up. Brush teeth. Kit on. Run. I’m out just after 5.30am and back less than an hour later, when I’m normally stirring and then snoozing my alarm.
Confidently don the vest top and air con shorts. Cloudy out. Still warm here. Warm up walk set on watch and we’re off.
Loads of traffic early today. I reach the point my warm up walk usually ends and no haptic tap from my watch. Check it. 😳 I’ve not reset it from the last walk. 6k! Clearly I’m still half asleep.
Set off on the run - careful to ensure 5k selected - and all is fine. Slight niggles in my right leg again. No pain and I’m ready to stop if I feel any, but just niggling in different places around the knee, just above and below.
Breath good. Stride good. Feeling good. (For those who don’t know, my surname is Good!)
Get to the turning point and feel like I’ve been going quite fast. Second half feels relatively slow. Checking my splits after and the opposite is true!
On the way back I take Sirens Hill to “It’s not unusual” by Tom Jones, run powered by the Dad Dancing playlist again.
Overall 15 seconds slower than last time at 41:29. That’s fairly consistent pace, I’d say.
Got back and had plenty of time for a combined muscle soaking bath and then shower. Legs feeling achey. Mind feeling calm and clear.
From some other threads I’ve come to realise that posting all my numbers isn’t necessarily a good thing and so instead here is a peaceful shot of the Buddhist prayer flags I have in my garden.
I’m not a Buddhist but I identify a lot with its philosophy. The flags are meant to spread goodwill and compassion to all, which is how I try to live my life.
Whatever run you have next, enjoy it x