Please excuse me bouncing around and being excited.
So far on the 5x50 Challenge, I've run each day except for yesterday when I did my 5k on the cross trainer to give my ankles a bit of a rest.
I'd planned to attempt the local Parkrun today but so nearly didn't bother as I woke up feeling decidedly under the weather (I suspect I had Wine Flu !). It was a lovely day though so I forced myself out. I couldn't face food so just had a cup of tea and some fruit juice for brekkie.
I was still feeling a bit queasy at the start but when we set off, my friend pointed out that we had probably started too quickly so I tried to back off a bit. I can't say it was an easy run and I did have a brief walk after the second hill but I was so excited to find that, after a brief sprint at the end, I had beaten my previous time by 2 minutes 21 seconds !
I'm really surprised and very pleased - I'd always intended to just take it easy so I feel ok for a longer run with friends tomorrow morning and to allow for having had a more energetic week than usual. Clearly, the training sessions at running club have paid off.
My target is to beat 30 minutes. My last time was 34:35, todays time was 32:14 - I'd like to think I could smash the 30m target by the end of the year.
One thing that I think helped was that I wore new socks with extra achilles tendon support - I was amazed at how well they seemed to work, after literally weeks of sore and painful achilles tendons. I'll be treating myself to another pair - they're brilliant ! amazon.co.uk/1000-Mile-Wome...
I'm going to go and bounce around excitedly again now - all the way to the pub for lunch !