Today my 8k training programme called for a 2.5 mile run and this was also going to be my trail run for the week. The temperatures have dropped here over the past week, so I was really looking forward to a crisp, cool run this afternoon. We had our usual roast lunch today (today was roast chicken, with potatoes, carrots, broccoli and stuffing, followed by raspberry trifle - yum!), so I had to wait until later in the afternoon to do the run.
I got my iPhone, armband, headphones and water bottle together at just after 5pm and drove to the start of the school trail. As soon as I arrived, I had to go to the toilet (again!) - so walked up to the sports hall. This was my own fault - I'm so paranoid about getting a dehydration headache after my run, that I drink like a fish before my run - but need to remember to leave a wee bit of time (pun intended) before I actually head out the door to make sure it's all out of my system! Having given birth to two kids, my bladder is not what it used to be (apologies - TMI) - so I'm not wanting to get caught short on a trail!
|The start of the trail|
When I got round the trail once I thought it seemed pretty quick, but when I had completed the 2.5 miles and checked my stopwatch I couldn't believe my speed! On Friday, I ran 2.0 miles on the road with an average speed of 4.79 mph - today my average speed was 4.96 mph!! Now to you seasoned runners, 4.96 mph probably sounds like a snail's pace - but I'm thrilled with it! More to the point, I am thrilled that my speed is getting faster! That means I'm getting fitter :-)
I never expected it, but I'm starting to think that trail running really suits me! If I can make that big of an improvement in my pace simply by changing the running surface, I think that's pretty amazing! Next week my long run will have to be on Saturday because Sunday I'm working at this design exhibition in London. I'm thinking about doing the trail run at our local country park. This will be a true test of my fitness as there are lots (and lots) of hills... We'll see - I haven't made up my mind yet!
|Me after the run - you can't see how RED my face is in this pic!|