Goal Accomplished!

In November I wrote about my goal of being able to run up this hill by my house.

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It doesn’t look very long or steep in that picture but it’s about .9k of uphill right at the start of a run which I’ve found impossible, that is until today.

I’ve been running up some hills recently that I didn’t ever think that I could, repeatedly in the woods where the hill I thought I’d never be able to manage I can now run up three times during a 5k. Today I got confirmation that, all being well, we’ll be moving sometime in May, so I figured that I had better get onto this challenge before I ran out of time and as my confidence is higher than it has been when it comes to running upwards I set off.

And I managed it, 5k without stopping, even for the horrid shin split in my right leg that has been plaguing me recently! I knew most of the uphill work was on the way out but I didn’t realise the profile of the run looked like this.

UntitledNo wonder I was finding it hard work! Of course, there were some negative splits on the way back, my last k was 8.05 which is very fast for me, but really fun coming down that hill knowing I’m almost home!

So, I guess now I can do that I  need to think of another challenge. I also realised that I didn’t think of a reward for when I reached running 5k which I did last week, I’m now running 4 times a week and 2 of those are 5k runs. However, I think the running shoe binge might have to be the (early) reward for reaching 5k finally (it took me 6 months)! I am a bit sad that I won’t be able to manage the Cragside 10k that I had blogged about wanting to do, I’m just nowhere near ready to run that distance next month but I will make sure I can do it for next year when we will be living much closer to it. I will let you know what I decide my next goals are when I figure them out myself!

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