Miles this week: 4.83
Running Total: 239.92
Not a massive mileage week this week – I felt quite tired and weak midweek so thought I wouldn’t push it as I really wanted to get the sub 40 minute parkrun on Saturday. On Monday I went along with my mum to the brand new Sweatshop beginners group. It was so nice to be running towards the front of the pack as we headed out. I have rejoined the beginners in the hope that if I really push myself during the intervals that it may help to improve my speed when out and running the longer sessions. All I can say is that I was dripping with sweat and breathing hard as I pushed myself as hard as I could when running and quite enjoyed the walking intervals!
I was directed towards joining the online group “Run Mummy Run” and have found that to be such an amazingly supportive group. Women of all levels are joined together to help with advice, support and just general running chat that does tend to make some of my friends and my other half glaze over a little once I get going! Thank you Vashti for recommending it to me!
On Saturday I woke up early filled with fear, trepidation and some excitement I was determined to crack that 40 minute mark on parkrun, having missed it by only 12 seconds the previous week. I filled my playlist with good “running tunes” (I tend to listen to the radio and think “I could run to that” rather than if I like it or not nowadays) and was ready to rock. I stated on my FB page “shelleyrunningoutofexcuses” and the “run mummy run” page just what I intended to do with the thought that if I had said that was what I was going to do I did not want to come back and have to say that I hadn’t managed it! I set off with “starships” pumping and felt quite strong at 5 minutes the runkeeper voice kicked in and told me I was running at an 11 minute per mile pace – not good! I can do a mile at this pace but crash and burn not very much after. I tried to ignore what people around me were doing and run at my pace. This made me feel like I had gone into reverse as people started surging ahead of me! However I had runkeeper to guide me and knew that if I stayed around the 12.30 mins mark that I would be doing ok. I felt strong and even managed to push myself hard up the dreaded zig-zag hill! Once I reached the top I was puffing and blowing, but managed to slow up my pace enough to regain my breath without having to walk. There was a time I thought it was only possible to do this whilst walking, so I am thrilled that I can now do this whilst still running. I kept pushing on when feeling really tired with the thought that I didn’t want to admit failure when I got home! I started my “sprint finish” on the last corner seeing that if I really tried I would be able to make it within my goal. I was ecstatic to see that I have finally broken the elusive sub 40 time!!
I was so so proud of myself and really excited and realised that a bit of fear helps to push you along where determination may start to waver. I am really hoping that this is true as it is only 3 weeks until I have to crawl through mud, climb over tall things, run through water and crawl through tunnels whilst running a 5K as I tackle “Rock Solid” – this will push me to my limits as I am terrified of heights, water and tunnels to name a few!! I will keep you posted!!