Tonight was another session of 1am running. Didn't intend it to be. However, I went to work... then I had bell ringing practice... then it was off to the pub... then home for dinner... then had to do my evening chores around the flat... and by the time I knew it, it was well past midnight. Truth be told, I really didn't want to go out at that point, but I forced myself, knowing that I would regret it later if I skipped a run.
On the plus side, running at 1am in early January means that I have all the roads entirely to myself. Rather peaceful, really!
I am happy to say that, thus far, Week 2 of the Bridge-to-10K plan is not as difficult as Week 1 had been. Thank goodness for that! Tonight's three 15 minute runs took effort, but I never felt like I would simply die before finishing. Maybe there's something to this whole "training" thing after all, hm?
Anyway, here are the stats for tonight:
Run 1: 2.51 km in 15 minutes (average speed 10.0 km/hour)
Run 2: 2.53 km in 15 minutes (average speed 10.1 km/hour)
Run 3: 2.60 km in 15 minutes (average speed 10.4 km/hour)
I continue to be surprised that the first run is consistently the slowest. Go figure!
In total, I ran for 45 minutes, covering 7.64 km. That's a new personal record -- wahoo!
(As is standard, this total is only the sum of the three running intervals. The warm-up walk, the two 1 minute walking breaks, and the cool-down walk are excluded -- it would be cheating to count them!)
The average speed for the three runs combined is 10.2 km/hour. Not super-fast, by any standard, but significantly zippier than the 8.6 - 8.7 km/hour that I averaged during Couch-to-5K. Guess those 5K+ podcasts (plus proper running shoes) helped, too. If I can maintain this rate, I will be covering just over 10 km when I get to running 60 minutes in Week 6. That would be a nice change from C25k, where I hit the 30 minute mark first... then the 5 km mark a little later... then had to work for weeks to get 5 km within those 30 minutes. We shall see.
Next run -- Week 2 Run 2 -- is planned for Wednesday night! For now, though, I had best be off to bed, or else I am not going to be a happy camper when the alarm goes off in the morning!
Happy running, all!