Surprise running time

As you'll know, I've been tapping away at my running throughout this
trip also. I haven't run any races at all (and was really just aiming
to get back running again after realizing what I'd lost from tearing
my tendon last year). Even still, I'd been following a vague program
based largely on running distances based on time, not actual
distance. I get awful bored when out for runs for mileage so thought
it might be of use to myself.

Anyway, I've been using a single-track I found along Lake Wanaka for
the past while. There's a signpost at the beginning of it to state
that it's 5km one-way. For some reason I went out for a big time day
(I was originally aiming to go for over an hour and a half) last week
but changed my mind as I started on the track and upped the pace a
bit - not enough that I was going to be ill by the end but harder
than usual.
Ever have one of those days when sport feels effortless? They're rare
and I sure wish I could replicate them when I felt like it! Still
though, I got to the end of the 5kms and my watch said 17-mins. Wow!
If it was actually 5kms, that matches my personal best from about 4
years ago, and was a very pleasant surprise. It's way off world's
fastest, but for me, I'm pretty happy with that.

Lesson learned once again? That by slogging it out in awful weather,
freezing cold mornings while in Oz while camping out, and putting in
some effort has paid off with visible results in the long-term. Must
remember that......
On another note, great to hear from HAP that her busted cankle is now
working properly enough that she's back running once again also. I
know exactly how she feels when she describes how much she missed not
being able to go out when it was injured. Enjoy the freedom once
again :)

Excitement on the drive to Christchurch

Witness the Fitness funny video