Picking Up the Pace
I had planned to finish Week 6 of C25K earlier in the week, but I was still feeling a bit stiff and sore from last week’s impromptu 5K run so I decided to rest for a couple of days. And I’m glad that I did.
I had been looking forward to completing Week 6 for quite a while so, after a hard day at the office, I loaded up on pasta, got myself hydrated and headed out to Hove seafront for a non-stop 2.25 mile run… in the mist.
Things have been pretty nice here weather wise for the last week – warm and sunny, but not too hot, so I was a bit surprised to see the first signs of a sea mist coming in when I left work. Not that I minded. The air was nice and cool and, even though I couldn’t see more than half a mile in front of me by the time I hit the promenade, it was nice to run in the cool damp air.
My pace was pretty slow as usual, but I kept it steady, intending to save my energy for the final quarter mile. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really concentrating on the prompts from my RunKeeper app, so when I heard that I had done 1.75 miles, I picked up the pace, thinking that I only had another quarter of a mile to go.
When I realised my mistake, I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t have enough energy left to finish, so I slowed down again and focused on trying to relax my breathing. Luckily this seemed to work and I was able to gradually pick up the pace again for the first part the final quarter mile.
Of course, my increased pace didn’t see me through to the end as I was pretty exhausted by then, but I did achieve my best overall pace so far – 2.25 miles in 25:18 minutes works out at an average pace of 11.14 minutes per mile.
I know it’s more than three minutes over the recommended time for the distance according to C25K, but I’m more than happy with that. While the stats are a great motivator and give me something to push for, that feeling of being able to run and keep going is just amazing!