This morning, with no great expectations, I went out to run one of my regular training loops. This one is 5k long, all hills - the same one that I talk about in the post "putting it into practice". For some reason it felt great from the start. I really felt as if I was "running" rather than "jogging" or, as is often the case for me "plodding".
Suffice to say I kept feeling good and completely trashed my personal best benchmark on that circuit by awhopping 53 seconds! Just a week ago I took 42 seconds off my best time before that. I'm sure the cooler weather and the three days rest helped, but it's really encouraging to see improvement like this!
Here's how my previous three "benchmark" runs on this circuit compared:
My notes tell me that I didn't push hard on Sep.3rd, hence the lower heart rate.
More than a minute and ahalf shaved off in a month. I guess the training is starting to pay off a little. Now I have to work out how to take this out onto the race course with me!