What a joy.
When I first saw that I was to run 5k directly in this week, I was puzzled and a bit overwhelmed. I expected some preparations, some gradual increase from 3k, but no: my training plan told me to directly start running 5k. So I did.
It was challenging. This was my first run alone after MRB went back home. It was cold and I stepped into a puddle, getting my toes wet. I tried to start real slow to save my energy, but going slow somehow gave me pain in the Achilles tendon. I took two short walking breaks to prevent fatigue.
What surprised me the most was the automatic, stable pace which my body employed after some time. It was a state close to a meditation; music in my ears, completely automatic, stable rhythm of my breath and movement, just focusing on how my body works on its own. It was a remarkable and pleasant feeling, and I hope it will stay with me in the future runs.
Funny thing, I met my boss on her bike while running; she was going home from work. I wonder what she thought about seeing me run. Maybe she will tell me on our next meeting.
I am extremely proud of getting the 5k distance done for my first time. Of course I still need to work on the speed, but, let’s face it – this was a comfortable run, and this pace is nothing bad. In all honesty, I expected slower.
After the run, I went to see some friends and have a dinner together – hence the post comes today, not yesterday. We had a great time, and some wine. It’s always great to see these folks.