If Michael Johnson says I'm a runner, that's good enough for me
Was a bit concerned about the wind today - still a fairly steady 25mph out there - but it was mostly a cross-wind on my normal route, so a bit buffetty but not as crippling as I'd feared.
All the same, took it nice and steady as the longest one to date. Overall pace was about 7:45/km against my usual of around 6:30. That was a little quicker than I'd expected but I was lucky with the wind direction so made the most of it.
By just short of half way I was beginning to think that getting carried away on my recovery walk yesterday (planned a 5km stroll, ended up taking the longer route at 8.5km) may have been a mistake!
The sides of my hips were starting to ache a little but they didn't seem to be getting worse and it wasn't painful so much as distracting, so I told myself to stop being a wimp and carried on up the short-ish couple of hundred yards of hill to the turning point.
I've taken to running a bit past the half-way bell before turning because I usually seem to be a little quicker on the way back and like to finish at the start line rather than running into my cool-down distance. It also means that, when I turn, I know I've got to keep going for a couple of minutes less than I've already managed which I find easier mentally than turning thinking "got to do all that again!"
On the run back, opened my stride out a little at the "5 minutes to go" point because I felt I still had it in me (and the ache had finally burned out of my hips} and hit my "normal" average of about 6:30 / km.
Then, when Michael said "1 minute, try increasing the pace if you can" still found more in the tank. Upped it to 5:30 pace (my eventual personal target for a mile & a half) to see what that felt like. It hurt! Then almost collapsed when he gave permission to walk. I honestly thought for a moment that I was going to fail on the cool-down walk home!
But I did it! And I did it with enough left to push myself that extra bit at the end, which was a really great feeling Now looking forward to the first 3-in-a-row next week. If I did it once, I can do it again!