Got home from work which consisted of another two dance classes and set out for W8R1 with hope after the last run. I guess it's new music on the podcasts but I get very confused with my pace when I listen to new music. I did the first KM in under 5 minutes (!!!!) so I knew I was in trouble and sure enough by 17 minutes I felt that now familiar pain in my stomach and had to stop before I started dry retching again. Well I guess I know where that's coming from now!!
So I came home feeling pretty devastated and figured I'd do the sensible thing and try again tomorrow night. But wait, I have a theatre trip tomorrow night with my students which means I can't run until Friday. Arrrgghhhhhhhhhhh! Well that did it and I resolved to try again tonight, otherwise I'll be behind schedule. I have a parkrun lined up for my graduation run next Saturday and I want to make sure that IS my grad run.
Well out I went and consciously slowed right down. The breathing felt better and I was doing my KM laps in just under 7 minutes per KM which is a bit more realistic. I got through the 5 laps in 28 minutes as I did on W7R3 but only this time, I just kept going. I felt ok, although my breathing was definitely heavier and added on another lock of streets to my run. I knew I could do the 5K if I just kept on going and sure enough at 33mins and 4 secs I passed the magic 5K mark.
Wow I'm soooo happy although I know I will suffer tomorrow. My feet hurt and on the back of one failed run and two dance classes, that's a LOT of exercise for today!! But I did it. I did the 5k, I ran for longer than I ever have and I'm bloody proud of myself. So 5 more runs to work on the stamina and hopefully run it a bit faster before I graduate. I'm a very happy, if sore, runner right now!