Started with my Apple Watch pretending to be bricked following an overnight update. Not at all stressful, trying to work out what to do. As if by magic it then just came back to life.
Took a different route today looking to the increasing runs ahead so I followed the canal south.
Lots of shade and, although I was out later than usual and it was hotter, there was a nice breeze and the humidity was dropping.
Had my usual mental struggle of being on a new route and feeling disoriented about pace and time left to run - I find this really difficult to explain or to fight with. Kept having that “you can’t do this” mental conversation, all the while being blown past by several faster runners.
Legs and body really tired on top so it wasn’t a fast run at all for me.
The route is mainly flat up to a canal basin and you can take different routes from there. One leads uphill to what I think was once a tram terminus. At 2.5k out I turned and retraced my route, so didn’t quite get that far.
It’s going to be interesting to see if I can take that hill when I’m doing longer runs, or if I bottle it and head in a different direction! It’s going to be the final part of the first half. I’ve done it on a bike and you need to use a lot of gears!
Anyway, another 5k chalked up. Second time on that route will be easier now I know the landmarks a little better. Big achievement: overtaking a canal boat!
Tip for the day. After a hot run try using Original Source Mint and Tea Tree shower gel. It really cools the skin and the feeling intensifies then lasts after you wash it off. (Be careful on your umm sensitive parts, though.)