This morning I woke up and saw such a lovely day and decided I was going to run 10K. Now I’ve not trained for this so I thought as long as I paced myself and walked when I needed to then I would somehow get round and have something to improve on next time. So I decided to do my 5K route twice, turn off the voice prompts on Endomondo as I didn’t want it affecting my pace (if I feel I am going well, I’ll tire earlier and if I’m slow, I’ll get despondent) and just see how I get on and enjoy the sunshine. So off I went.
The first 5K was fairly standard, but I was mindful to keep a steady even pace, but not push it too much as there was much longer to go. As I finished the first 5K I was exhausted which was entirely psychological. This was my usual end point after all, and the thought of going round again seemed torturous! So I slowed to a slow jog, recomposed myself for the second half and promised myself I could always walk a little if needed, perhaps when I get to the next tree, next corner etc. It went on like this for a while and before long I realised I must have covered around 7K and I may be able to put off walking for a little longer. I carried on taking in all the sights, watching others out walking, on bikes and running and suddenly I realised that I was turning the corner, into the final section of my run, along the canal. I was going to do this, nothing would stop me! I carried on to the finish, stopped Endomondo, my legs turned to jelly and I burst into tears. I had done it! I had run the whole thing and I had done it in 1:05:11! This was the icing on the cake as I was aiming for around 1:10:00 for my first attempt.
As I said earlier, I hadn’t trained for this. I got to week 3 of the B210K podcasts at the start of the year, but had done nothing longer than 5K since and never any longer distances with continuous running. This may have been foolish, but I was very careful to pace myself, and was regularly checking in with my lungs and legs and adapting my pace if I was feeling tired and this got me through, surpassing all my expectations.
This reinforced to me how much running is a psychological matter and with the right attitude, that our bodies can do far more than we realise. Believe in yourselves, and you can do anything!