|Happy skippy legs!|
My left achilles tendon wasn't so thrilled, though, and let me know that with a couple of twinges towards the end of the mile. I think that this was related more to overstriding than to the speed; as soon as I went back to a shorter stride, the twinges stopped. Nonetheless, and as proof that I have learned from previous mistakes, I consciously decided to try to run the next mile at 10:30 rather than Keeping To The Plan At All Costs. I also was fully prepared to slow down even further if my achilles kept twingeing. I am So Sensible.
But that 30-second difference made all the difference. No more pain. Mile 3 was in 10:29, which is even more impressive (to me) when you take into account that the last half of that is uphill. Mile 4 was in 10:19, also impressive (to me) as the first half of that is uphill. And, just to round things off, the cool-down mile was in 10:42. I'm not sure that I could have run all three miles at the target pace, but I'm satisfied with what I did anyway.
I finished the 5 miles in 52:45.
There's not much more to say except, 'Wowzer!'