My running week (18)

Welcome to a new month and new challenges!

After a magnificent April, I doubted whether May could sparkle in quite the same way!
I am currently working my way through a 5 to 10k programme. Similar to C25K, it has three runs each week over nine weeks.  When I started the programme I knew I wanted to complete my first 10k by the end of April, so I skipped forward and started at week 3. It differs from C25K in that it includes faster run segments within some of the runs, initially a tempo run (slightly faster than your normal comfortable pace), but in later weeks a fast run is expected. I assume this is to help build stamina, but please let me know if it’s for any other reason…

My first run of the month was early afternoon on Wednesday, it was warm and windy, I had planned on doing around 7km and chose an appropriate run from the programme. Following a steady run it alternated 2 minutes of fast run and steady run, four times. The first fast run was downhill, so managed that without too much difficulty. The other three got progressively harder and I didn’t manage the full two minutes on any of them. I was so tired and was very glad to flop down on a bench as soon as my watch showed 4 miles!

The only other run for this week was a 5k on Friday morning, I was up and out early (before 7am) and very pleased to achieve a new PB; recorded as 28:34 on strava and 28:57 on garmin. My first sub 29 minute 5k! Yay!

My running goals for May are:

  • to run 50 miles over the month for the Miles for Mind challenge
  • to take part in a 5k race organised by a local sportswear store


One more thing: if anyone has any advice on managing a sudden drop in blood pressure when stopping running, I’d be happy to hear it.

Until next time, run baby run xx

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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