So this morning was W2R3 of my 10k plan. I set off at 5:30am. There was a slight (and only slight) chill in the air which soon disappeared when I began running but was extremely nice when there was a breeze.
My chart said todays task was run for 30mins continuously. That kinda scared me since I've only achieved that a handful of times since graduating 3 months ago and a month ago I took two weeks off which really put my fitness down a few notches.
The beginning of the week saw me running 18mins, walk 2, run 18mins and *that* was a struggle for me so you can see why this morning was daunting.
But never the less, I set off - pitch black but I had my hi-vis shirt on and it's all street-lit roads where I go.
First 10 minutes, and I was struggling. A few hills had caught me off guard but I was pushing through. 15 minutes approached and I was thinking about a cheeky 2 minute rest but promptly put that behind me.
20 minutes hit and I approached a downhill section which kept me quite cool. Then 25 minutes, Runkeeper tells me I'm behind my usual pace but not by much. Kept pushing though, only 5 more minutes.
30 minutes arrived and I was so happy! I managed the 30mins solid running, so happy in fact that I kept on running.
35 minutes went and I was still going strong. By this point, my mind was racing. I had my 30 min route planned out and now I'm 35 minutes into it, where do I go from here? And then I thought of a route and promptly carried on.
And then I hit a long gradual hill that seemed a lot steeper than I remember. I stopped and walked for a few minutes, then tried running again but I'd lost the momentum and I was starting to feel tired, so from there I walked home. Proud that I'd managed 40 minutes of solid non-stop running (well, 39:20) but gutted that I stopped.
I still managed 6.28km though. I'm feeling good for my 10k in 6 weeks!