Finally managed to start a run at something like my easy pace. The result was my slowest ever all-run 5k but then that was the idea wasn’t it, to learn how to cover 5k slowly enough to have the reserves to run further. Previously even when I thought I was starting slowly I always ended up doing the first km in 6 minutes then slowing down - and if the first km took longer it wasn’t by choice but because I was below par that day. But today I could have done it in 6 minutes and deliberately chose not to. I’ve never succeeded in doing that before and it feels strange to do 5k in a time six minutes slower than my PB, actually one minute slower than my previous slowest, and be happy about it!
Very counterintuitive to deliberately run a slow time but everything I read here and elsewhere tells me that’s how to progress, by doing the majority of training miles at ‘easy’ pace and only a minority at or near my best pace.