5k Debrief

5k debrief

I did it in 33:22, which I am…

satisfied with 😉

I can’t say I didn’t give it my all because I did. When I crossed the finish line I couldn’t even think straight, let alone speak.

Running on grass and mud is MUCH harder than running on pavement. For the majority of the course, my view looked like this:

5k trail run

And the photo above doesn’t even begin to convey the hilly terrain.

But my training route is almost 100% flat and looks like this:

moon

Not quite the same, eh?

It was brilliant fun, and the boys entered the mini-run after the main event, so we all had a really lovely morning.

The weather was mild and dry, and overall, it was great.

So great, in fact, that I’ve signed up for a road-race 5k in 5 weeks time (new goal, hurrah!), to try and bring my time down. And this time it won’t be 3 days before my period is due, heh heh.

Mwah ha ha ha hah!

PS
I ran with a heavy heart. Pre-AF spotting showed up 30 minutes before I started the run. After running 5k through Jurassic Park though, it didn’t seem quite so terrible, and I even managed to hold it together while standing next to a massively pregnant woman in the bacon roll queue. Go me.

Pre-race Nerves or I’m Getting Man Flu

DH has been ill this week – he spent one and a half days in bed and on the first evening he didn’t even eat any dinner (that never happens).

I thought I had escaped… but I’ve had an increasingly bad headache today and am starting to get faint hot and cold spells. I feel really tired and the boys have been so LOUD.

BUT I am also feeling a bit nervous about my 5k tomorrow and I am prone to psychological symptoms…

I know there are 87 runners. Are 86 other people going to beat me? What if I get a weird injury in the first 5 minutes? What if it’s freezing cold and raining? What if everyone else is a super-athlete and laughs at me?

Of course, I know that this is totally ridiculous and I have run enough 5ks in my time to be totally confident that no one is going to laugh at me.

Ahhh well. Crazy huh?

I’ve had my big spinach, chicken and rice dinner, resisted red wine and a kitkat chunky, and think it might be time for some mindless television to round off the evening and take my mind off of running.

I will post-race post tomorrow.

Night all 😉

C25K Week 6 Day 2 – Next Up, 5k!

I’ve really slacked off this last week and haven’t run for 6 days.

I went out today, after a morning on a bouncy castle with DS1, and it was hard work! I think I bounced away my energy before my run.

It was only two sets of 10mins with a walk break, but it was also very windy, damp and it’s getting colder now. Leaves are swirling down off the trees and it feels like winter is on a fast train heading right this way.

The first 10mins was just a mental exercise in running while my body said:

Stop! You’re out of breath!

But in the second 10mins I got a terrible stitch and was down to a hobble. I ran through it for the first time ever (I don’t get a stitch often so I usually stop to ease the pain). After about 3 minutes it very suddenly subsided – such relief. I managed to increase my pace after that and overall did a decent run.

I am not really optimally ready for Sunday’s 5k, and it’s a trail run, not on the pavement, which will make a massive difference. However, I feel strong and fit enough that I think I will wobble over the finish line somewhere just under 35 minutes, if all goes well.

The other thing I don’t have going for me is that my period is due 3 days after the run and I am already feeling quite heavy and bloated this month. I always notice an increase in my pace and energy once the first couple of days of bleeding are out of the way, so I’ll just have to lug all that extra water and blood around with me on Sunday and smile for the love of being a woman. Great timing, huh?

C25K Week 5 – Complete!

I did it!

I ran for 20 minutes!

I was dreading it, actually. And last night I was up half a dozen times in the night (thanks DS2), and I’d agreed to do breakfast for the boys this morning to give DH a lie-in as he’s on holiday from work this week. Guess what time they were up? 6am.

I was running uphill and into the wind at the beginning and after the first couple of minutes I just thought I was gonna have to give up and go home.

But I slowed my pace right down, just kept putting one foot in front of the other, and then… at about 8/9 minutes, it kicked in. That tingly feeling I get that creeps down my arms, the one that tells me my body has properly warmed up and I no longer have to stop from sheer startup exhaustion.

Suddenly everything looked brighter, leaves fell from the trees in slow motion, the music was perfectly timed with my steps and I felt strong.

The last few minutes were hard work – and I couldn’t up the pace at the end as much as I have been doing, but all in all it was a success and I am:

a) totally chuffed, because I haven’t run for 20 minutes since before DS2 was born, and,
b) totally knackered now and almost falling asleep on my laptop.

13 days until my 5k.

C25K Week 5 Day 2

Phew, today I ran two 8 minute blocks and I can feel it.

My next session (week 5 day 3) is a single 20 minute run – gah!

Today is the first time I’ve actually felt like giving up during a run session. I was so tired during the first 8 minute run I slowed right down in the second half. I think it is more mental than anything else because when I examined how I was feeling there was no pain anywhere, I was just really out of breath.

Anyway, I stuck at it and I even managed to up the pace in the final 60 seconds. Finish strong!

My average pace is peaking at 5:50 per km which is great, but I don’t think I can sustain it for too long.

15 days til my 5k.

20 minutes solid running on my next session.

3 people have told me I’ve lost weight in the last two weeks. (I haven’t – but maybe I’m leaner with more muscle less fat?).

And that is enough stats for today.

By the way, when I run, I quite often fantasize that I am covering dangerous ground and only have a certain time to reach a safe point before weird creatures get me and that there is a base camp monitoring my progress and willing me to make it…

Eveyone else does that too, right??

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