I've been peeking into Bridge to 10K for a couple of weeks. I felt as though I didn't belong here until I was running over 5Ks. So I've been quietly stalking you all. This morning I went out for a run and did 6K. I used to run, but stopped 4 years ago when life presented a few other challenges and running became wishful thinking. I graduated c25k a few weeks ago and have been happily running mostly either 30 minutes or a few over that to get to 5k ever since.
My previous run was a 'fast as you can' 3.5k because I was itching to get outside. A big rain storm was in the forecast that day, so I had headed out and just ran as fast as I could until the rain started. Maybe just running a shorter run 2 days ago left me eager to run a longer distance today.
I have the common struggle with the gremlins. They are a bunch of free loaders that sit on my shoulder that tell me to 'give up and go home' for a while. Sometimes they add the words 'silly old woman' and that's just rude! I just ignore them and they soon stop their silly chatter. I get into a rhythm, my heart rate raises enough to meet what I'm telling my legs to do and we are off.
Today there were no gremlins, I felt really glad to be out. I've decided that the main thing that made the difference is the school summer holidays. Don't get me wrong, I love my DD very very much and we have a lot of fun together, but...I do need to escape from time to time - it's a sanity thing! School finished last Friday, so we've had a great week at home, but today I was ready to escape for 40 minutes.
It was a good run, the cows in the fields were fascinated by me. They don't get many people running past. I felt good during and after the run. It certainly gave me that inner smile feeling and I feel proud of my achievement today. If only I could bottle the contented and at peace feeling I get after a good run I would be a very rich woman 😀.
My goal is to run 8ks in the autumn.