I hadn't set out to run that far today. I went out unexpectedly on Friday evening with Lucy and Ang, and we ran a nice 6km together. My legs were still feeling stiff though when I woke up this morning (I don't usually run on Fridays), and I set my target as 6-7km instead of my planned 9km.
I got out there and it was a cold, crisp and sunny morning. My left foot felt a bit odd; a bit warm and tingly, a little like lactic acid building but not quite as painful. I was feeling a bit disappointed because as soon as I felt the sun on my face, I felt like smiling and just going for it. I decided to give myself until 3km and if it felt no better, I would turn back and call it 6km. At 3km it was feeling much better and I opted for a route I knew was roughly 9-10km, and I knew was lovely country lanes with lots of blue sky to view (part of one of my favourite cycling routes). There were a few uphills and I had a few issues with aching feet again due to the lane having a steep camber (no pavement), plus there was ice on the road.
But I was plugged into my music and at 5km, I was feeling great, looking out at North and West Yorkshire, almost shimmering in the sunlight, great BIG blue skies and nothing but me out there! I had a bit of moment, when an old song came on and made me want to raise me hands and skip around.... but I resisted and grinned instead (♫♫BASS IN THE PLACE LONDON! PUBLIC DOMAIN KICKING IT TO YER, MAN!♫♫) and paced onwards and onwards!
This is a picture I took while I was out, of my lovely downhill:
|Jo's First 10km Run!|
You can just about see in the distance this road has a serious uphill as it approaches the A1 and the road follows a steep ascent to cross the dual carriageway. By the time I got to the bridge I had ran about 7km and although the incline was pretty short, it was incredibly steep and I thought my legs might give way.
The track then runs through a pig farm and as I tried not to breathe the stench in through my nose, I grinned at the HUGE pigs there that were peering out at me from their dark sheds.
I then joined the old A1 road which takes me back to my village and I realised then that it would be a 10km route if I wanted to just keep running home.
At 9km, I was almost there, but I was feeling stiff and my legs were aching. It was very tempting to just stop and walk the rest of the way home to cool down. But I remembered how cold it actually was and I didn't fancy shivering my way home.. and then, House of Pain's Jump Around was played :-D Perfect timing, I got a good rush of endorphins to see me through the last kilometre (though I assure you, there was NO jumping going on...) and I was able to pick it up and power through to 10km.
My time was 1 hour 09 minutes, which I am very pleased with but really, 10km has been a focus for a while now, so there is nothing coming close to having a great run, in a great place, feeling great and hitting that 10km distance!
I took a short 360 panoramic on my phone, which perfectly captured the beautiful weather and the peaceful place I was in:
- I started running 16 weeks ago in the middle of September 2012.
- In that time, I have ran 209km (or 130miles).
- All 209 of those kms have been run using a mid/fore-foot strike (aka barefoot running), in my Inov8 Bare X-180s (very minimalist running shoes!) and I have been completely injury-free so far.
- I ran my first 5km distance on 31st October 2012.
- I ran my first 10km distance on 13 January 2013.
- My average pace hasn't varied a great deal since I started running and averages at just under 7 minutes per kilometre.
0-10km in 16 weeks. I never thought I could do that. What's more, I can really say I have enjoyed every single kilometre.
I had set myself a target of running 10km by the end of January, so I guess I need a tougher target for February!