In January I was a returning runner, but this time I decided to train sensibly rather than follow my usual home-grown doomed-to-wear-me-out plan, so it was very fortunate I came across the C25K plan and podcasts. Having completed W9R3 last week and posted all my ups and downs along the way, I've been persuaded to continue posting here - and as I've just committed to a 10k in July it's officially my next goal.
Today was my third run since graduating C25K - I'm calling it W1R3 although I'm not sure how long it'll take.
On Fridays I run with my daughter so it's a good chit-chat pace, and is now known officially as our long run day. Today she wanted to do 4 miles, so route planned we set off on the understanding I could take the walking breaks. My calves were still grumbling from Wednesday's run when about 15 minutes in we realised on the footpath below us was a chap collapsed and lying rather awkwardly, part on the grass and part on the path. He looked asleep? drunk? unconscious? worse? Neither of us had phones, so we had to stop passers by - two who had phones but said they'd get first aiders from the local sports centre and then walked slowly in the opposite direction, and then a couple with a pushchair. Shockingly, countless others passed by, looking, then looking away and continuing their journey. Fortunately a golf buggy came into a view - they carry park workers around - so I flagged it down. I think they thought I was trying to cadge a lift as they tried to detour round me but I (probably rather stupidly) ran in front of them forcing them to stop! Anyway, they called the sports centre and two St John Ambulance first aiders arrived a few minutes later so we were able to leave him in capable hands.
20 minutes later, and having forgotten all about walking breaks, we were back to where we found the collapsed man - he and the St Johns Ambulance and the buggy and park personnel were still there, presumably waiting for an ambulance. At least he was covered in warm blankets. I hope he's all right.
Next run Monday, hopefully no drama, but I'll have my phone with me in future.