Week 4 of ju-ju-‘a programme. During the week I did the 5k on Monday and the 4k on Wednesday. 8k today.
I’ve stuck to my same road route and just added half a k to my turning point each time. Last time out I got halfway up a hill from Disley station to the entrance of Lyme Park (scene of my near-death Parkrun). Today I just made it past the entrance before turning.
Deliberately tried to go off slowly today as the 7k was a hell of a struggle having gone off too fast in the first few k. But Strava tells me that’s my best first 2.5k segment ever 🤷♂️
Roadworks Just before the 1k mark (and Just after the 7k mark coming back) meant I needed to do a bit of traffic dodging.
I knew I would go over an hour this run but I expected it would take me longer than it did. Came armed with jelly babies and rewarded myself just after midway with a nice refreshing yellow one.
Threw the whole thing in and tried to chew. Now can’t breathe! Oh my god what have I done? Spluttering away trying to chew and swallow this mass of gloop that has coated the inside of my dry mouth!
Survived but lesson learnt - I had another with 2k to go and gently nibbled bits off it.
On the way back from Lyme Park to Disley I passed a young female runner going uphill. Long, shiny black hair positively eating up the distance at a pace I’ll never reach. Turns out it’s another Strava segment!
Sirens Hill to 5, 6, 7, 8 by Steps. I very nearly “danced” up it like last week but I actually felt ok and kept running normally (whatever that is).
Part way back I felt relaxed and happy. I’m confident I can reach 10k. I might skip repeating 8k next week and go on to 9k.
Whatever run you have next, enjoy it x