I'm glad I checked the weather report yesterday. When I got outside the building it was raining, as forecast. As I'd expected to be headed to the gym, the weather didn't matter.
It's been a while since I've run for any length of time on the treadmill. I decided to run 5 km last night, so this morning that's what I aimed for. I hadn't thought about the pace beforehand, but I started off at 8.5 km/h (7:03 min/km according to the treadmill) and that's where I stayed. I went through the whole "run 10 mins, run another 10" struggle, so I tried not to think about it or look at the distance. I started thinking I was bored just before I got to 20 mins, but I decided that was just my mind playing games with me as a way to get me to stop. Instead of stopping, I checked my form and cadence. That Chi Running book has been a lifesaver! Mind you, checking cadence suits me. I find counting while I run really relaxing. After a while I find myself doing all sorts of calculations in my head. I'm sure I get most of them wrong but it's fun working them out.
Once I hit the 5 km mark I walked for another five minutes as a cool down and then dutifully did my stretching. I've pulled up really well after the run, so I'm all ready for Sunday.
I mentioned that I'd be running with the girls on Tuesday morning. Unfortunately they are leaving later than usual, and it's going to take me longer to get to the starting point and back. I don't think I can fit their run in before work, so it looks like I'll be heading off on my own again on Tuesday. Oh well, them's the breaks.