I swapped BMF for a mid length run today. I need to build my mileage (at BMF classes we run a total of about 3 miles of short fast efforts between exercises) and get my Jantastic runs in but don’t think 6 runs is such a good idea this week after only 3 last week!
I had planned to run to Hyde Park then do two mile laps at 10K pace and started out feeling fine but it was warm and I soon changed my plan into a steady 6 miler when I began to feel weary as I overheated in long sleeves.
So I plodded round the outside of the park and enjoyed the dry day and the sunshine, watching Winter Wonderland being dismantled (Yay!). It’s so nice to have the place back to normal, free of crowds and be able to run some parts without running into a wall of people. I did however do my good deed for the day and stopped for a couple of tourists to show them how to get to the tube. (Anything for a brief rest!)
Plodding on, finding it tough going I looked at my watch and was totally dismayed to see my pace had dropped so dramatically. Was I running in treacle? Suddenly the blog post being written in my head completely changed in mood and my wandering thoughts of marathon pace and time became depressing. I was sure I felt dizzy and hungry. I had a drink and a talk to myself, mustered my best efforts and forced myself to push on towards home.
Part of the way home is down hill so feeling better and picking up the pace I glanced back at my Garmin. Amazingly my pace had dramatically improved in a very short distance! I normally display my average pace for the whole run but then I engaged brain. I had changed it that morning to show me average lap pace which explained quite a lot!
Oh well lesson learned and a good exercise in overcoming the doldrums mid-run!
Janathon day 8, 6.5 miles run.