Hi guys, I had a very enjoyable run last night. I’d mapped out a new loop for the 9-10K runs that now lay ahead of us in Ju-Ju’s plan, as I’d outgrown my regular stomping ground. I’d started to improvise routes on the run… which certainly wasn’t ideal in the dark!
This new route took me out of Stubbington village and in a big loop around HMS Daedalus or ‘Solent Airport’ as they now call it, and then looping along a large bypass around the back of Lee on the Solent and back home to Hill Head along the familiar seafront path that I know and love.
I thoroughly enjoyed the run, this turned out to be the longest distance that I’ve run so far and I took on board the thoughts shared in my last headspace run, running mindfully, focussing on the body and my foot strike and being present throughout the run.
Most of this new loop is on a very good footpath/cycle track alongside some fairly busy roads. The traffic going by took me a while to get used to I found it quite distracting, but after 10 minutes or so it was absolutely fine. I found my pace quickly thanks to the long uninterrupted pathways although it was 5 degrees I’d warmed up nice and quickly.
I did have to cross quite a large intersection of road and I was prepared to have to pause my app to do this safely, but luckily it was fairly deserted when I arrived so managed to sail across it without any issues. The following paths did feel like a gradual upward slope for quite some time and overall there was 116 meters of elevation gain in total. I’m going to try the loop in reverse next week to see if it feels any different from the other direction.
Anyways… I accidentally on purpose smashed out the 10K 🎉
Sandie1961 …you were right. You clearly know me oh too well!
Chuffed to bits that I reached the 10K, thanks for all the help and support that you’ve all given me along the way. Also a huge thanks to my good friend Hidden who inspired me to start Ju-Ju’s 10K plan, I wasn’t planning to do it right away after C25K as it just seemed so far, but I'm so glad that I did! Dreams has also put up with all my nonsense along the way and has been a brilliant VRB on the journey to 10K 🙌⚡🔥
I’m going to finish Ju-Ju’s plan, possibly with a 10K modification to next weeks long run so I can test my new loop in reverse to compare it. Then I plan to consolidate the 10K in the new year. I have also started eyeing up the Southampton Half Marathon in May… this may or may not happen, because at the moment I shudder/cringe just at the thought of running with other people! …But I do need to start thinking about getting myself some of this lovely bling that I keep seeing on the forum 🏅so watch this space…
Thanks for reading this guys, hope you’re all OK and having a great week!