5 Miles, 50.58 Minutes

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I know I’ve been saying that the last few runs have been feeling good, but tonight really did feel like a breakthrough – by far my best run this year.

I’ve been conscious that the first 10k is coming up (two and a half weeks away), so I’ve been really keen to build my distance. Tonight was the first time I set myself a distance target, but I was taking it pretty easy on myself with my timing expectations – I figured if I got through the 5 miles in 55 minutes, I’d be happy enough.

In the end, though, I did it in a shade under 51 minutes, and I was beyond chuffed with that. I’ve been talking about trying to phase out the walking breaks from my runs, and the best I’ve managed up to tonight was 21 minutes last week. It was 35 minutes (3 and a half miles) before I slowed to a walk tonight though, and that three minute block was my only bit of walking of the 5 miles.

All that stuff I’ve been saying recently about worrying about my ability to replicate the amount of running and distances I managed in the summer of 2015 suddenly seems like less of an issue. All it’s taken is one awesome long run, and I’m feeling like I can conquer the world. (Or the Quayside at least).

Worth a sponsor, right?

Music: Manic Street Preachers – National Treasures

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