Saturday, 25 August 2012

4 weeks till 5km run

Yesterday was run day but I wasn't sure what time I would be running, because yesterday was the first run that my friend Rob would be joining me. Rob who lives down the road has agreed to do the 5km run with me that is in 4 weeks time, which is rather cool/foolish of him, you decide.

So the day was set but time was only roughly set as an evening run. Rob had something to do but wasn't sure how long it would take, but at about 6.50 I got a txt 'I'm ready you wanna jog down'. So I quickly got ready and set off down the road to meet up with him.

Now as I had no idea what Rob was like fitness wise I left it up to him to decide where we would run and how long we would run for. We set a circuit round Robs house and Shepley station, which we thought would be a steady run for Robs first outing. We set off down the road at a nice steady pace and rounded the corner at the bottom, then just round the corner there is a small road that leads to a path all the way up to the station. It's a nice gradual climb not too steep, at the station we turned left and cut down an ally/snicket/ginnel. Which leads onto a gravel road, at the end of the road it brings you back out onto the main road just up from Robs house. When we reach Robs house and the end of lap 1 we had done 1.62km, which is quite a good distance for lap. The first lap went well we kept to a 6.30 min/km we even managed s catch up chat about holidays, golf and weddings. The second lap was pretty much the same pace wise, but we both could tell that It was getting a bit tougher our conversations got more and more interrupted by our breathing.
As we reached the station again Rob decided he was gonna bow out after then second lap, he was quite proud of himself for managing 3.3km on his first run. I was also impressed with him and as we reached his house I left him there and carried on with the 3rd lap. Before leaving Rob we had agreed that I had to badger him into another run so he didn't give in, as it would be quite easy to do. So as I continued the run I said I'll txt him in a couple of days about the next run.

The 3rd lap was harder because as soon as I left Rob I increased the pace almost without me realising, after leaving Rob at 3.6km I had increased my pace so much so that I did the 4th km in 5.45. As from then on it was all uphill I was even happy with the 5th km being 6.09. I completed most of the 3rd lap but after the turn at the station I turned up the main road instead of down and headed for home. Instead of going straight home I did add a little extra to my run by running round the back roads of my usual lap. So when I got home I had done 5.54km, but even after that I felt like I could have done more. I think I have become happy with doing 5km so I think I need to push myself a bit more and try to go further again. I will have to see how Rob is on our next run and see if we can push the distances we go, together and/or by myself. I must thank Rob as well for coming on my last run it was fun and just what I needed. As I'm thanking people I must also thank Janice Aka Nana for my NEW SHOES as this morning my Achilles are feeling a lot better than they did when running in my other shoes.


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