Sub 11 sub 11 I ran sub 11 sub 11 sub 11 I ran sub 11! YAY!!!!!!! Go me!!!!!
Apologies for the overuse of exclamation marks, I ran my first sub11 minute pace run this morning and I am very happy about it. I’m not quite sure how it happened – I hadn’t eaten since lunchtime yesterday, as I went out for drinks last night and eating is cheating. I mixed my drinks although I didn’t guzzle a huge amount – 1 elderflower collins, 1 bottle of Desperados, 2 pints of cider and a small glass of Shiraz. When I got home I felt a bit queasy (is that spelt right?) so I drank a pint of water and took myself off to bed. I woke up this morning at 9am rather than the normal 7am following a night out. I felt a little woozy still but I forced myself out of bed and off for my run.
Now, when I ran with Louise in the BUPA 10k on Monday, I notice that she makes running at a good pace look effortless. So for the 1k I could keep up with her I watched her – not in a stalker type way but in a I want to know what she’s doing so I can copy it way. Anyhoo, the things I picked up were:
1) She took 3 – 4 steps to every 2 of mine
2) she kept her shoulders back and down and head up and forward
3) Her pace was very very consistent – round corners, up hill, her footstroke was like one of those meter things a steady and rhythmic strike, strike, strike, strike.
So, today whilst I was running I tried to emulate her. I took smaller more frequent steps kept my head up and tried to keep my shoulders back (I find this the hardest so had to keep telling myself). It really helped – I ran the whole of the 1st mile without stopping and only had 1 quick 20 second walk break in the 2nd mile. The last mile I felt myself getting tired and lost the form a little bit but then had a storming sprint finish. I felt great afterwards and am very grateful to Louise for unwittingly helping me get faster.
I am off to a family party in Essex tonight and a barbie with my bro and sister in law tomorrow, during which I will mostly sing and talk to her belly as Baby Went is now 21 weeks old and I want him/her to know Aunty Carlas voice when they pop out. Tomorrows Juneathon will probably be a nice walk along the River Crouch or up Radar Hill – the drinking grounds of my mis-spent yoof… Happy weekend eveyone.
Juneathon day 4
Pace of 10m 53s per mile