So, after a 3 day break, one because of the hail and rain weather and one because I had a lunch and a dinner to prep and make, I ventured out this morning almost chomping at the bit to get out! (Laura has created a running monster!)
It's a beautiful sunny day here but crucially for me, very cool. I started off on my old stomping ground around the woods. As usual, the first 5-10 minutes were fairly hard going and I had to slow down in moments as some of the paths were really muddy but at least dodging them made it more interesting. I did a 2km circuit of those then a downhill slope onto a flat field where I did my first wks1-4 training on. Running the whole length of that field at a good pace really brought a smile to my face as I recalled my earlier baby steps on that same ground!!
After around 20 minutes I got onto tarmac and I was going quite well although not feeling that real runners high that I had felt previously on other runs. It was then that I really started to struggle. It could be my imagination, it could be down to the fact I'd only eaten two small bananas for breakfast and my tummy was rumbling before I went out, or the fact I'd had too many days rest in between runs and has lost momentum, but I am fairly sure of the correlation between getting tired and the concrete I was now running on. Map my run told me I had done 3km at 20 or so minutes and I was just past a marker where I knew it was a solid km to the next marker so I really tried to summon every enthusiasm to get to there (ironically, it's a pub and I never normally need encouragement to get to one of those!) I really tried hard in those ten minutes but my legs were like lead at the end and I couldn't wait or Laura to say "slow down you've done it"
Does anyone else find it harder on Tarmac? I guess because I did most of my c25k on grass/trail I'm not used to it. The 10k I'm training for is all Tarmac so I guess I've got to get used to it, although I feel my future post race will be trail runs, I'm sure my joints will thanks me for it in the long term!
End result: 4.36km in the 30 mins. I so want to nail that 5k in 30 minutes!!!