Did it! 👊 Although I was disappointed when the clouds parted, revealing beautiful sunshine. ☀️☀️ I’d picked today as the forecast had promised grey and drizzly. The drizzly part was taken off the forecast yesterday - but that was ok, grey is pleasant to run in. But the grey disappeared too and left me running under blue skies. Most people love blue skies - I do as a rule, but not for running.
Anyway, I purposely started off slowly, knowing it would be a slog. Actual snails crossed my path (sweet things, I avoided several 🐌) and I chugged away happily for 12.5k, breaking no records, but pacing myself sensibly. I remember thinking at 9k “woohoo, half way”, then realising - but crikey, another 9k to go! 😳
I then reached 12.5k and my legs said “are you having a laugh? We want to stop”. Like my last long run, I fed them some jelly babies and bullied them into slow submission until I reached my 18k goal. 😀💪
Did I enjoy it? Not the last few kms, no. But being more stubborn than the stubbornest mule that ever lived, and realising I’d told you guys I would be running 18k, I carried on. Job done! 🎉
I seriously hope that the weather is cooler for my next long run which will be 19k (flipping Norah 😳). I’ll pootle somewhere short and pleasant on Friday as we’re away this weekend for a wedding - so no PR for me. 😩
Happy running everyone. ❤️