W8R2 this morning, it went really well. I thought I had made a massive leap, I noticed that 15 minutes into my run I'd already covered 2 miles, so I thought I'd push for 3.2 miles, which I seem to remember someone saying is just over 5K. As Laura announced the last 60 seconds, I was on 3.1 miles, so I paused the iPod until it got to almost 3.2 and then finished when she announced that was it. I was elated, 5K in 28 minutes! How did I do that, I thought to myself while I started my cool down walk.
Then it hit me. I didn't. There is no way I could have gone from 4K in 25 minutes to 5K in c29 minutes in the space of one day, when my pace was roughly the same as it had always been. Ah, of course, the distance included the warm up walk, which today was actually 10 minutes, DOH! What a numpty! Oh well. I was elated for a few minutes until I realised and in any case, when I checked my stats at home I had run for 4.5K so that bodes really well for my Twilight 5K Race for Life tomorrow evening.
I guess I probably shouldn't have run today, as I won't have a day of rest in between, but I really wanted to check that the first 28 minute run hadn't just been a total fluke. Now I know that I can do it and that there is a good chance I will run the whole 5K when I'm swept along by the atmosphere, as long as I do the first 15 minutes at my normal pace, so I don't wear myself out at the start.