Today was my last "consolidation" run, and thankfully the gremlins were well and truly beaten into submission. It was a good run, I actually felt my muscles working (if that makes sense). I have been speaking to my friend in Barcelona and she told me about her husband's cousin who runs marathons. (I had previously asked for music tips.). Apparently he said he runs without music because he just likes to take in his surroundings and feel his body working. What ? No music ? Obviously the Spanish are barmy I thought. Feels his body working ? Definitely strange, I thought.
Well it turns out that today I felt my body working. It's a surprise. I mean I know it's there and working or I would be in a very difficult situation for c25k, but I felt my triceps pulling my arms back, my abs working (I nearly fell off the treadmill concentrating on that hahaha) and my bum muscles (yes I know they are glutes, but I have a 13 year old who calls them bum muscles and it stuck) were working, I felt them contract.
I still had music though, he is definitely barmy (in my humble opinion) to run without some tunes.
Today's run, 30 minutes at a very slightly higher speed than previously but only because I was hitting the front of the treadmill with my feet. It flowed, I sang and I felt my body working.
So, what do I think of consolidation ? Definitely should be done. I had some good runs and some bad grind it out runs. I ran my first 5k and voluntarily went and did 2k one day. But at the end of 3 weeks, my speed has increased slightly just naturally. I feel uncomfortable at the slightly slower speed now, I think my stride has lengthened slightly as my legs got stronger. I am confident in being able to run 30 mins. I have met the gremlins close up and they aren't that scary any more. I'm sure they will try and win sometimes and maybe they will win some battles but I know that I will win the war.
Now onwards to 10k (something I never thought I would say)