I'm sure many of you will be relieved this Ministreak of mine is over so as not to have to scroll by my inane posts on a daily basis - but I have to admit to feeling a bit sad myself and not only because the end of the streak also heralds my return to to work tomorrow.
Over the last two weeks I've really learned a lot about my running habits and as a result will be a better runner in the future. These are some lessons learned:
I really run better if I have a goal/challenge to work for - being someone who really doesn't want to race means I'll have to give this some thought.
A 2.5k run gives me the same up and ready to start the day buzz as a 5k - so not having time to put in a 5k is not an excuse not to go out.
Even on the days I least felt like running, (and when I'd normally put it off because I'm tired, have a cold, the weather's not great etc) I enjoyed it once I was out there.
Not always having a distance in mind before you set off is ok - running what you feel is pretty satisfying.
My body can always cope with more than I think it can. In other words I create the limitations in my head.
All that said today's run did feel like hard work. During this streak I've done a lot of park tracks and tarmac running so today thought I might mark it's end with a trail run - woodland, fields, tussocky grass and sheep etc. It wasn't a bad plan and I thought I'd see how I was feeling at 5k before committing to do much more. The problem was at 5k I felt fine but by 7k was absolutely knackered - I blame the sheep they'd made their field so muddy it was like running in wellies! - and at that point I could only stop and call for a lift home or run the remaining 3k. I dug deep people and got it done as that seemed the most fitting end to this little challenge of mine! It wasn't fast nor particularly pretty but it was 10k!
I am now enjoying a really good cup of coffee and will soon be treating myself to a lovely long soak in the bath...when I might just plan what those running goals will be for 2019 😊.
Happy running everyone and as I can never say often enough thanks for all the support and inspiration you all share on here.