I've noticed that my average pace is now hovering just above or just below 9min/km. I know that must sound pathetic to all you people knocking out 5 and 6min/km runs, but I'm an old bird with a weak leg and I'm running hilly routes, so I'm pleased it's getting faster, even if I am still running like a snail. Ooh, and my VO2 Max has gone up to the top 15% for my age again! Yay!
I've cut half the annoying brim off my hat, and I remembered to wear it today. Just as well. It was 18 degrees for that run. When I took the hat off at the end, the sun beat down on my head like the proverbial anvil, so it definitely makes a difference. I got a lady hosing her garden when I passed to spray me. Blessed relief.
I'm very frustrated as I would like to top my 11.18km furthest run, but with it being so hot, I don't want to risk getting the heatstroke thingy again and be stranded in the middle of nowhere and unable to get home, so it looks like 5k/ish runs for a while, unless i manage to wake up early after enough sleep. Boo ....
But other than heat etc. it was a really nice run today: just along the London road out of Chippy, then cut across the Saltway (which is wonderfully shady) and back into town along the Banbury road. You can't see the traffic because the path runs between tall grasses, clover and oxeye daisies that rise above head height in places with the path sunk between. I had to dive into all that greenery at one point to let a cyclist pass. I'm not sure how she managed to navigate without getting her spokes snarled up. I was a little drained by heat and lack of sleep (as per usual!), but I'm really glad I ran.