I've been a bit quiet on here recently but have still been running as often as I can.
A running buddy of mine told me that he'll run the same route for several weeks to try and improve his times to see if he is improving or not and I thought this was a great idea.
I've been running to a forest-y area which is 2km from my house. The forest has a golf course to one side and a bridleway through the middle which lasts for a km, then it's a 2 1/2 km run back home. It's a nice route and I've come to love it. I've run it 3 times consecutively in the last week and on the third run, I done a personal best on my 5k of 29:52. I've finally got it below 30 mins, wooo! That was on Tuesday.
I didn't get to run until Friday (yesterday) but because I had the day off from work, I decided to make it a longer run. I've a 10k race coming up in October and the route is practically on my door step so I decided to have a go at doing the route and see how far I could get round before throwing in the towel.
Well, I got all the way round. I managed 10k. I'm still feeling exhausted now but it's a great achievement and I'm so glad I done it.
My 10k time was 1hr 5m 29s which I thought was pretty good considering I had imagined it'd be closer to the 1hr 15m mark. This is a good thing as now, I have a target time to beat. I did stop for a walk a fair few times though. Looking at the pace graph on RunKeeper, I stopped 7 times so at a guess, I walked half a km of those 10km on and off. I want to try and reduce those walking bits but I know I'll still be doing it on the day.
Ideally, my target time for the race will be between 50 & 55minutes. I know I can get it below an hour as I've still got 12 weeks to go but it'd be a great achievement for me to do it in less than 55m.
I am so so grateful for the whole c25k program, this community and the NHS involvement. I've wanted to improve my fitness for so long but to think it took 4 months to go from nothing to completing a 10k run is madness. I'm literally kicking myself as to why I didn't do this sooner?
oh and to make me even happier, I bought a pair of jeans last week in a 34" waist and I've been wearing them ever since... I've not been a 34" since I was about 13 (that's 18 years ago!)
Thank you all for your positive stories, comments, influences and everything to do with this community - it's such a treasure, you're all awesome!