I completed my 5 mile run on Thursday evening, managing to shave another 1:30 of the overall time.
Friday was rest day and I was all siked up for a Saturday 10 mile run, in my HM training.
What a beautiful day for running. I looked out of our lounge window at 6.30am and I could see that it was going to be a nice day, there were just a few light clouds and the sea looked quite calm.
Porridge for breakfast and whilst I was digesting prior to my run I had a quick look at my training programme.
I had misread, Today should have been a 10K run!
What the heck I set off at 9am and jogged over the causeway. The sun stays low at this time of the year so I was running in the shadow of the Island until I was 3/4 the way across. There was a cool breeze but I felt fine. (Shorts, T shirt & gloves)
I Turned up the Rodwell trail heading towards Weymouth, I was now in a blaze of sunlight.
Heading uphill towards Sandsfoot Castle I was already loving the run, there were quite a few cyclists, dog walkers and a few runners around. After the castle the trail becomes more wooded. I had a Robin bouncing along just ahead of me, I was obviously in his territory. Magpies, Grey Squirrels a multitude of other birds and even a rat, all darting around. I started to drop down towards Weymouth and out of the shade of the trees, the sun was again warming my back and legs. I took an energy gel and then reached the end of the trail.
I went through an underpass and then I was bouncing along with the sun in my face around the inner harbour.
To my pleasure the town lifting bridge was down so running across it I rejoined the pathway around the harbour. I saw Mute Swans, Coots, Mallards and Cormorants. With the sun reflecting off the water I was glad my glasses turn dark.
(even if they can't tell the difference between 10k & 10m.)
On completion off the harbour I rejoined the Rodwell, for my return to Portland. Passing over the Fleet at the start of the causeway there were lots of Twitchers, snapping away at a multitude of different birds along the edge of the water. I had the sun in my face again, the breeze was keeping me cool. Passing the 9 mile point my legs were starting to get a bit heavy. I was smiling to myself, thinking that I did my first run, 16 weeks ago. Thanks Couch to 5k.
I hope that you all have a great weekend and some lovely runs.
All the best.