After a my 9 mile run in Hamburg on Wednesday morning and subsequent travelling back to the UK, I was feeling surprisingly full of energy yesterday (Thurs) evening upon returning home from work. So, like a scene from Superman I ran in to the house and in a blur of motion changed in to my running gear and running back out of the door 2 miniutes laterÂ (Running Man? Super Runner?!)
IÂ had 30 mins to run which, adjusted for stretching and warm down time left the perfect amount of time for a fast 5k.
The route I took is my preferred one for a 5k as it includes a long steep hill between 3-4k, perfect for building leg strength and aerobic improvement. For the first 1k I took it easy and then alternated fast for 400m, slow for 100m for 2km before hitting ‘The Hillâ€™. I was breathing so loud at the top of the hill, gulping down breaths of air that Iâ€™m surprised people didnâ€™t come running out of their houses to see what all the noise was about. It hurt my chest, but I donâ€™t feel satisfied with a training session if there isnâ€™t a little amount of pain involved! Total time was 20:45 which is over 2 minutes slower than my 5k PB but considering the large hill is a time I am happy with. This time last year my best for this training route was 21:30 so keeping up my year on year improvement!
Out for a meal with friends tonight so will be a Parkrun tomorrow morning!