End of a looooong week, i mentioned on Mondays report that I’d not slept well the previous night..... and that theme continued every night this week. The longest I spent in bed was 6 hrs, the longest uninterrupted period was 2hrs. It’s wasn’t the heat in the early part of week, it was my youngest on others....(being ill, ok now thankfully) to last night being out with clients in London and not getting home until 1.30!!!
To put it succinctly - I am f@&king tired (apologies admin!). Working like this is one thing, trying to run...... well let me tell you story.
The admins and mentors on here are great, but tonight just proved to me that we are all kind of like their kids (teenagers) and we all hear what they have to say, but we don’t really listen......
Why don’t we? Because we are running and we think we can just do most it with abit of extra umpf or luck or whatever. Now I fully admit, at the ripe old age of 47, I might just be talking about myself!
I ran my first 5k on Monday this week at just over 7.18/km - it was hard, I was glad it was over but I did it. This was after running 4.9k on Saturday (according to Strava) at roughly same pace (7.09/km).
Then this week happened and football on Wednesday (still wearing the black armband!) so tonight I needed to run, but was exhausted when I got up this morning. Following my previously mentioned friends advice, I got my kit on and still thought I can give this a go, just a short one.... so I got in the car.
Started running and immediately thought there was no way on earth I was going to make 5k tonight! Even in my new ASICS! Legs were heavy, exhaustion aches in my knees and back..... so I started to give myself intermediate goals.... I know this straight bit is around 1k (just under), I’ll jog along that and there is a another path that cuts my circuit in half at end, but I cannot maintain that pace (It just hurts).... so I slowed down...... and checked Strava hmmm 7.52.... need to be slower...... kept going down the cut through..... checked again after a bit... I was somewhere over 8/km..... good stay here.... .... but I’m not even breathing hard!!!! No, but you are sweating son, so stay like a good boy!
So I stayed and got back to the start and I’d done 3.6km - ok I’m done....... but actually I was fine.... a bit damp, but otherwise ok..... I wonder if I can run down that straight bit again.... I’ll see how far I get...... 0.7km later hmmm that wasn’t so bad.... now for the return...... back to the car park.... 4.9 (ahaaa! I’m not falling for that again) bit further - 5.0km (now you can go home son!).
That was completely unexpected. Oldfloss bangs this drum in at least 1 out of 3 posts.... Bluebirdrunner says it, IannodaTruffe has said it and a myriad of others I either can’t spell or my sleep deprived brain can’t recall the name tag...... and now I’ll say it in caps!
JUST SLOW DOWN! It really is as simple as that. This run had an avg of 8.18 and the splits are above..... on one hand..... for me personally, this is almost a eureka moment. I didn’t walk I just slowed down and I’m 5k better off! (Distance not cash!)
On the other I feel like a dumbass / teen and I’m now thinking - ahhh so that’s what they meant when they said that! I’ll just act like I didn’t hear them!
Stay frosty people and stay slooooooooow!
(Oh and Dexy5 - the new 25’s are in the photo)