6:3 was run on a athletics track. Not a bump or incline to be found, a gentle spring in the surface, a cool breeze blowing... My splits were only a few seconds different each time and I gently broke PBs for kms 1, 2 and 3 (thoroughly recommend the experience!).
Blah de blah blah blah de blah... today I: ran on a (single lane country) road for the first time, where cars had to slow down for me; ran across muddy fields for the first time; ran across uneven tracks for the first time; and ran uphill for an entire kilometre 😓
My splits looked like they were run by different people, my pace ageing a decade each km. The battle was real as I ran uphill, mostly on grass, between km 2 and 3. I wanted to give up, actually, and came very close to thinking ‘bugger it, that’s enough’ but these weeks of gritting my teeth paid off and I... just... kept... going... until suddenly it felt better again and I did the last 650m at my usual pace, even speeding up a little when Michael asked me too (I hope you are proud, MJ!).
It wasn’t quite the enjoyable run of 6:3 - my legs had a wobble as I came to a walk at the end and I didn’t feel there was much more in the tank - but it was properly earned, this one, and I feel good.
Good luck to E27 and the twinnie gang, and to everyone else out running today!
PS. I wore some compression socks and calf sleeves for this run. I couldn’t feel my legs (which might be a good thing), but maybe that’s too tight?! My feet felt a little numb but didn’t change colour and my legs feel fine now, no aches... does anyone wear them and have some advice?