I realised tonight that I could postpone the ‘steady‘ run called for in my Bupa 10k training no longer, I had hoped to delay it till tomorrow morning, but hubby foiled that plan as he has to go to work early. After letting my pasta dinner settle I set out to try to do what I thought was the impossible to run 5 miles with a pace of 9:11.
Oh I dragged my feet, moaning all the time that I did not want to go out, then I stopped by the rabbits fed and watered them, then sorted the recycling until no longer could I delay it. I set out all the time keeping an eye on Mr Garmin and my pace. I planned on doing 2.5 miles out and 2.5 miles back. Out was a downhill route so knew the way back would be tougher. Was amazed to run the out route with an average pace of 9 minute miles and stopped to catch my breath for a few minutes.(I promise not to do this during the actual race as might cause a major pile up). Then I headed home and the pace was not bad until I hit the up hill section and then really slowed the last mile, but was determined that after such a good start that I would not drop below the target pace. Am pleased and surprised to report that I DID IT, I ran 5 miles in 45.55 with an average pace of 9:11.
My lungs did not explode, I do not need an ambulance but do feel a trifle sick and the knee throbs but it was so worth it. Whoop whoop!!