I’m just giving a quick update this week…
Somehow, I just about managed to scrape together the 3 runs required as part of week 2 of my 10 week sub 25 minute 5k training plan.
The reason I struggled this week was illness striking again… it seems to lurk in the background waiting for me to attempt any running goal!. I think the only thing that got me through was remembering the annoyance I felt when I was unable to complete the 10 week plan on my first attempt.
Surprisingly – given how bad I’ve felt all week – my runs actually went okay. I turned up at Hanley parkrun on Saturday with the plan to slowly plod to the finish line and just make sure I finish. However… when I got there I saw that there were pacers. I thought – given the goal of this 10 week plan – it would be worth trying to keep up with the 25 minute pacer for a little while, even if the course I was running on is one I find much harder than the one I will attempt the sub 25 minute 5k on (The Wammy).
Well… it wasn’t overly long before I was starting to feel like death warmed up and had to slow right down, even walking for a little while.
I was 99% confident I was going to quit and was in a state of self-loathing, completely ignoring all my previous thoughts about the need to be kind to myself.
But then… I saw the 29 minute pacer behind me. Suddenly I felt a lot better. With a mile to go I decided to run ahead of the 29 minute pacer, slow right down when I couldn’t keep up the pace, then run clear again whenever he got too close for comfort. So, somehow I ended up with a personal best for the course. If I ever find out who that pacer was I think I owe him a beer!
So the moral of the story this week? Don’t give up.