So today was the day to start my plan, based on Abi's 12x9 day cycles. The link to it is docs.google.com/spreadsheet... (that link is simply to commit me publicly, not because it is anything wonderful that I think you may want for yourself!)
I'd like to say it was a good start and that all went well, but it was a bit confusing. Was supposed to be an easy, long run of 10K. I didn't check my watch stats, just mentally counted off the distance by the 0.5K alerts and tried to take it steady. It was a beautiful place to run, despite the rather damp, grey day and it felt great, until around 7.5K when it started to drag a bit. I checked my watch in case I was running faster than I meant to - what? how can this be? current lap pace 11'50s per km? no way? I suspected I must have hit a GPS blackspot somewhere along the way, and this pace seemed to continue for some time. I didn't want to stop til I was sure I'd done my 10K, so I waited for the Garmin buzz before stopping. When I checked Mapmy run which was running on my phone, it showed virtually 12K and a much more constant pace. So 10K definitely achieved, more likely 12K.
Not so sure about Black Park as a training ground though
Now to tick that run off my plan, yay!