My face is still warm, my legs are aching but most of all, I’ve surprised myself. I went out for a run after church this morning with the intention of running 10km as fast as I could. The fastest I had ran 10km was in 1 hour and 8 minutes, which was not long before I did the Race for Life in July 2015. It was the first time I got a stitch as well and I had to walk for a while.
Today, I ran 10km in 1 hour and 2 minutes! I’m absolutely thrilled, as I was expecting to do it in the fastest time I did it in previously. I felt a bit of a stitch, but it wasn’t so painful that I had to walk it off. I’m also surprised because I’m almost a stone heavier than I was when I did the Race for Life, and I beat my time by almost 10 minutes! I’m still debunking the myth that you have to be thin to be fit.
Of course I won’t be able to run that fast when I do the half marathon in October, otherwise I’d really struggle to finish 13 miles (21km), unless I really push myself and aim to do the half marathon in 2 hours! It’s probably possible, since you can train your body to do anything if you work at it, but it would mean a lot of work and continuous effort on my part.
With just over 6 months to go, I could probably do it. However, my main focus at the moment is to be able to run a half marathon non-stop, which was my aim for my first 10km race last year. I wasn’t concerned with time, although I would like to have a go at beating my time of 1 hour and 11 minutes at last year’s Race for Life. I reckon I could do it in an hour, I was only 2 minutes off today!
I’m going to relax now this afternoon with a nice roast Sunday dinner to look forward to. I feel pretty hungry after running pretty fast!
Happy reading and blogging!