Must be the enjoyment of getting back into things but I’ve been out 3 days in a row… After the awful weather we have been having I decided to go for a 5k run on Friday night after work. After my last
run walk, I decided to slow things down from the start. I usually find that in mile 1 I’m running faster than I probably should be. So, i slowed mile 1 down to 10:30 per mile. This was good as it meant that I could focus on getting mile 2 down under 11 minutes. It worked, not only was mile 2 down form 12 minutes to 10:58, I was also able to keep running the whole 3 miles without having to stop. Which was something I probably hadn’t done since October.
Saturday morning Phil and I set off on our usual client loop. This for me is a 15 mile bike ride down through Hagley and then back up through Clent Hills. Not having really riden any decent distance since September, this was a hard ride. St Kenels pass in Clent is a killer hill. Very long and very steep towards the end. I got up it in one go but it really hurt. My legs, shoulders and lungs were burning. The only was it’s going to get easier is if we do it more often…
I usually get through the loop in an hour but this time it took us quite a bit longer. It was however a nice ride as the weather was crisp but sunny and clear. My new mudguards helped keep my feet and back dry from the water on the road from the rainfall the night before.
Then on Sunday morning I went for my usual 5k loop. I concentrated on upping the cadence in my feet in order to get round the loop faster. Whatever I did worked as I set my personal best for 2 miles at 20 minutes and got round the 3 miles in 30:45 with an pace of 10:04 per mile. I’m pretty chuffed with that seeing as it’s only my 3rd run this year. I’m going to get out again a few times this week. My first goal is to be able to get under 30 minutes for 5k and be able to repeat it comfortably session after session.