After 4 rest days due to an aching hip, off I drove this morning down to the park. It was raining with no sign at all of it letting up, so took a couple of towels with me! I needed to run! I thought ‘Let’s make this one count’. I have not been the most speedy runner to date 😂 and hey, I know it doesn’t matter but I didn’t heed my own advice this morning as I thought it was time to be just a little less cautious. Michael was there to meet me, of course, and reassured me that I had done this distance before. Queen ON and off we went! Warm up walk over, watch started and I’m off! 🏃♀️ (Got to love all these gadgets and apps!)
As always, the first 5 minutes are difficult. For me, the doubts creep in and I struggle a little with settling into a steady pace. Michael announces 5 minutes and I settle down. I’m think I’m running faster than usual, but it feels comfortable so I push the doubts aside about whether I can keep it up and keep going! Shimmy round the gate, slow down a bit for the slope and I’m halfway!
Hip feels good, pace feels good and Queen in my ears, I’m enjoying it! Michael announces 5 minutes left and I look for the little copse I’ve found on other runs, but I can’t see it. I left my glasses in the car because of the rain. I like the copse because it’s harder underfoot and really helps me speed up for the last minute. Nope, can’t find it! So when Michael says I can speed up for the last 30 seconds, I did, but it wasn’t as much as on the last run.
Felt really good when I finished! I knew I was faster and checked my stats; yesss! Average pace was 9.37 min/km! First time under 10 minutes! You’ll have to start calling me Speedy! Annoyingly, Strava put the elevation (55 m) instead of my pace in the summary, I guess it thought that the elevation was more impressive 😂