So, was it the 75ml of beetroot juice I consumed this morning? Or the runner's loops in my laces? Or the 5 hours per week of yoga I've been doing for the past three weeks? Something happened today, and I'm not quite sure what, but I knocked 15s per mile off my PB for my hilly home 5k route, and broke through the elusive 10 mins per mile barrier I've had my sights on for weeks.
Pleasingly, all my previous PBs for distances below 5k were also improved upon this afternoon. So now I need a new target ... 30 minutes for 5k by the end of September, and 9 min mile pace for my hilly 5k by the end of the year, perhaps? Meanwhile though, I'll just enjoy the runner's high which has put me in a ridiculously good mood since I gasped my way past the finish line (my house) today
An hour later, I was in the gym doing yoga, and my creaky body is definitely becoming more flexible, though my favourite pose is still the last one, where you lie flat out on the mat and relax after an hour of contortions, feeling serene (and quite often, ready for a nap!). For a final dose of feel-good-ness, I had a trip to the cinema to see Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ... and loved it! All in all, an excellent day