Yes, I did. And it was joyful.
Felt a little bit better this morning after a couple of days suffering with a stomach bug of some kind, and woke up at 5:30am with only one thing on my mind – a run (which makes a change from the runs). Today's programmed run was the 2nd 9k. But you know, once you get to 9k, how can you resist that final 1k?! I know I couldn't...
Drank quite a lot of water before going out (the rest of the family snoozing away), and donned my wet running Buff, filled my water bottle with water fortified with electrolytes (especially for my poor tum), and lovingly tied the laces of my great loves, my On Cloudflyers. It was already hot out there, at around 18 degrees, but with that lovely freshness early morning brings. Headed to the woods for the shade of the trees and that lovely feeling of being the only person awake. First 5k was pretty tough, as always, and my legs protested a bit. But, I was going a slow and steady pace, and not in pain, so I knew I would be okay. It is so lovely running in the woods. I see all kinds of birds, and love the sound of the twigs and gravel underfoot. I found a nice loop through the woods, and did that several times as it was just so nice.
Back to the earlier copious amounts of water – at the 5.5km mark I was desperate for a wee, so ducked behind a bush – best wee of my life. I don't normally like peeing in the wild, but it was too early for anyone to be around, and I was not going to let anything get in the way of enjoying this run, least of all a full bladder. Reinvigorated and somewhat lighter, I wended my merry way to 10k.
Happy to have got here at last and excited for what the future of my running might bring. Time to plot and plan! And maybe do a few more 10k runs. I love these longer distances, I really do. And this wonderful programme from ju-ju- got me here, so thanks Julia!
Lastly, big love to my virtual running buddy Hidden – it has been an honour to first share the C25K journey and now the B210K journey with you, my pal. Thank you for always supporting me and cheering me on. The fact that you got to 10k first still makes me so happy. Though know this. If I had not stopped to wee I would have beaten your time, okay buddy?!?! (Just kidding. I honestly was not caring about time at all today, I just wanted the distance.) You are my running hero. x
Mummycav - my lovely, you next. Neil and I are so rooting for you. x
Lastly, lastly (OMG, what do I think this is, the Oscars?!), thank you to EVERYONE on this amazing forum for being such good friends, always full of good advice, a shoulder to cry on, and a source of inspiration and laughs. You have all helped me to get here. I seriously would not have made it without you. <sobs audibly and dramatically>
Right, must pee again.