So today in my quest to get to 10 miles, my asics plan said 8.5 miles today in the rain please. What! I have only got up to 7 or so miles. Full of gremlins i donned my t shirt and leggings and psyched myself up for a solo long run with squally storms forecast. Off I went, so far the sun was shining. In my head the route was split into segments. The first 1.5 mile segment was littered with the achy ankle gremlin who finally got kicked into the hedgerow. The next 1.5 miles was horizontal rain with no where to shelter so turn up the music and embrace the wet! Finally the sun broke through and the rain gremlins was burnt away. Finally I felt a smile on my face for a while pacing nicely along the university residential streets. The hill loomed and off I went, relaxing and going in short steps managing all in one go, fabulous. Off round the university to oh smell the coffee at Costa, I drooled for a cake. No I must focus as I came up to 6 miles and a short stop for the crossing, Haribo time! My goodness Haribo are hard to chew lol. Off again across the common and down towards the sports centre where there is a lovely downhill. My toe gremlin has turned up, bother. I decide I will carry on despite my toe. At 7 miles up another hill my legs are feeling tired, all muscle groups quads, hamstrings and glutes. Guess they need more work. Down past the junior school and my kids are not on lunch yet, all is quiet. Round a corner and up a long road, this incline is small but my legs are tired. We get there and cross the road for a downhill stretch back home. I am tired, I have dried out and my toe has a second head! Not a bad run, my furthest yet of 8.6 miles in 1hr 28 min. What to do with my toe, I have never had blisters but never run this far. I will have to pop it and strap it but I need to run, help!