After Sunday’s graduation run in damp fog, today was exactly what I’d had in mind when planning these runs in Skye! And I know there will be some eyebrows raised at the big extension to my running time and distance in one go, but here goes...
After being completely shattered at the end of Sunday’s 33 minute run, I decided this time to relax and take it very, very slowly - so keeping it slow downhill (not getting carried away) and treating every uphill bit with the utmost respect (on the steep bits, if the “running police” had been watching me they might have been asking whether I was actually running at all - I was, just!).
As a result, I found the run no more strenuous than a pleasant hike (which I do a lot of) and I just kept going, not out of breath whatsoever, and it genuinely felt like I could go on forever. Checking for any new aches or pains along the way, of course, and prepared to stop if there were, but there were none.
Early on I decided I could, and would, go for the 5k and (because Strava included my warm-up walk) to make sure I did that, I kept going until the Strava audio prompt said 6k total distance.
So I actually ran for about 5.6k in 53 mins, and Strava says my 5k time was 47m 23 sec. So very slow, but I got there, and am absolutely buzzing at doing a 5k.
It was really glorious - sun shining, slight wind so not too hot, fantastic scenery with the mountains in the photo accompanying me all the way, no headphones, the only sound was birdsong, sheep and cows.
Now that’s what I call a run