We didn't expect to do so well, as the weather was muggy and we'd both had busy days and weren't feeling the greatest... but we just kept plodding along and when we finished 40 mins later... we were even more ecstatic to find we had managed to do 5k!
I'm so happy! Its odd to think that in under 6mths we have gone from never running - and unable to run for a minute - to running for 40mins. I'd like to say it's getting comfortable.... but it really isn't. It's as difficult as it used to be and I always hate the first 10-15 mins- it's like torture - but after 15 mins I find it easier to ignore the pain, esp if I have my iPod on for distraction.
Over the last few weeks, there's been a few breaks from the normal running routine, including a super run in Bruge with Mikey. Before Bruge me and Mum had been running for 25mins slowly-but-non-stop and averaging a pace of 12.5. However, with Mikey things were slightly different. He wasn't verbally telling me to run faster, but without Mum, I instinctively and unconsciously did. It felt comfortable in the short term but I burnt out quicker and had to go back to intervals; just so I had chance to catch my breath. Unsurprisingly, our running pace was considerably quicker.... averaging around an 11minute mile. Despite being tougher and having sore feet for days after, it was such good fun running around such a beautiful (and flat) city. I even managed to get a course record on a Strava Segment.
On our return, I went back to running with Mum and in mid August we completed the Couch to 5k programme! We weren't achieving the 5k - but we were running for 30 mins non-stop. Quite an achievement. =D
As the weather hotted up in late August it started playing havoc with our running. More often or not it was too hot to run. Also the humidity really affected my lungs, leaving me quite asthmatic and breathless, making running difficult as I struggled for oxygen. Anyway we persevered. Often having to do interval runs instead of one big run.... but either way were were still running and feeling the benefits.
During Ali and Amy's holiday in Cornwall, they joined me and Mikey on a run. Again the pace was a tad faster than I am used to, in fact I had to stop after only 4 minutes. I thought it was due to the fact that we were chatting as we ran... but when uploading the run, I realised that it was because our running pace had been 10.5. As the other three are the stronger runners, they kindly let me dictate the pace, etc, so after a short breather... 2mins we did another 4min run. This time at a more reasonable11.2 - which is still faster than my usual pace. We finished with a 10 min jog at a similar pace. It was really good fun being with other runners. I'd have liked to have done more running with them, but sadly it wasn't to be so. I particularly enjoyed having more experienced runners to give me a few tips. =D
Anyway, that's my running news.... who'da thunk I would still be doing this running malarkey? And who the hella woulda thunked I would ever be able to run 5k!