I have been struggling this week to break the 7k/42min barrier. My last run was a little discouraging... And then tonight I smashed it! I had to beg borrow and steal some babysitting fir the munchkins but it was so worth it.
I did a warm up then steady 10k/hour pace, got into a good stride at about the 10 minute mark... Around the 17 minute mark it became substantially easier and I cruised the rest in... Even managing a sprint for the last minute... 41.30!!!! I couldn't wipe the grin off my face for hours.
Onward and upward... That 12k race in a month seems feasible now!