Hurray I just ran my second HM distance, just to prove I can! I was determined to do it today because the first run was in May, which is a bit long ago for my taste, and today is a Bank Holiday in Germany which means hubby works, but I don't. I don't have to feel guilty about spending time on my own, when we only get to see each other at weekends.
Anyway this has been planned in my cunning little mind for a while. I've done a few 10milers to try and keep the distance up and I had my running schedule all sorted in my mind only to have it scuppered by hiking in the Alps at the weekend (legs too achey after that) and an Oktoberfest party which mysteriously also involved the imbibing of gin - last night. My will of iron carried me through though, I only had one g&t and otherwise stuck to water. Telling people that I was going for a long run the next day also helped.
The plan nearly ended when I couldn't be bothered to get up early, but that turned out to be a good thing, as the rain stopped and the sun came out this afternoon.
Perfect weather, lovely route. A mixture of roads, woods and lakes. There were a few other runners out, I love it when we exchange knowing smiles, one even gave me the thumbs up, which I returned. Otherwise inline-skaters, cyclists, children collecting conkers and adults foraging for wild fruit, walkers and strollers - all out enjoying the autumn sunshine.
The first 15k were fine, the last 4k were not and I think I walked most of the last 2k. But I knocked 7mins off my first HM and managed a slow 2hours 51mins. I will be sore tomorrow - I can't imagine doing twice that distance.
The picture is before and after - not really a huge difference except that my hair is soaked with sweat (as was the cap). Good to see that I no longer turn beetroot red!