Some of you know I've signed up to run with the year 7s at my school as they rack up 2012 km between them for charity. I had my second run with them, a 5k, a couple of days ago. It didn't go well. This was a different bunch and even the slowest of the slow set off at a cracking pace, leaving me struggling to keep up. My main problem was a terribly bloated stomach (probably due to wheat intolerance which I'm currently experimenting with) added to the fact that I'd been out on a trip to Docklands all day and had already walked miles and stood around loads. So I ran 1.6k and then gratefully accepted the offer to stay put and direct the hordes, then ran back with the back runners (who by now were flagging haha!).
I then realised that I was not at all happy with my performance. This just Would Not Do, and I knew that Bad Juicy would be beating me up all night if I didn't do something about it.
So, once the kids were safely getting changed with a teacher supervising them, I went out and did the whole run this time! 5k without stopping.... VERY slowly, even slower than my usual time. The stomach was bearable - seemed to improve with running - but legs pretty heavy and I had to keep cajoling myself to keep going, so it was pretty tough. I could barely walk afterwards, BUT all together I had run 8.25k and boy was I pleased with myself!!
I've had a couple of days' rest and am going out this morning for my final 'big' run before my 10k next Sunday. How far will I get? I'll come back and let you know!