After over a month with no running, I was wondering what a slightly longer run would feel like. I certainly feel I have gained some strength and fitness over the last 5 days and this longer run felt really good.
I could not go very fast at all, but I held up endurance wise just fine. Pace was nice and consistent in the middle of the run with 5 kilometer splits in a row at between 5:15 and 5:19 pace.
I began quite slow and the hills at the end slowed me a little. Heart rate`was 154. Compare this 8km run that took 42 minutes to my best 10km race that took 42 minutes, heart rate then was 166 average, so I have a way to go to get back to that level of fitness!!