On Weds I did an interval session, and on Thursday night I went out for an easy 10 miler. I was feeling rough from the start of the run, my throat felt like it was being rubbed with sandpaper and my stomach was turning somersaults. Stupidly I stuck with the run, only binning it after 8 miles! I struggled to get any food down, my stomach was cramping, and I was in bed for 8pm!
So 2 tough runs in 2 days before a race!
Friday I felt better, but during the warm up for Christleton my throat felt rough again and my stomach still didn't feel right.
The first mile went ok (6:54), then I started to struggle. The second mile was hard (7:16), and I was all set for slowing to a jog, but I kept telling myself "Just keep this effort up for another 33 breaths, that's 0.1 miles, then you can slow down. The third mile ticked by in 7:17, for a time of 21:46. (av pace 7:01 by my maths!)
Given the build up to the race I'm happy, and looking forward to the rest of the 5k season. I don't think I'm going to break any pbs this year (20:15), but compared with where I was 6 weeks ago it's great!
Delamere parkrun this morning, a gentle 30 mins forcing myself to run slowly, so latched on to a mother who was running with her 10 year old daughter, then a bloke who was recovering from a knee operation pushing his daughter in a buggy!