I have been following Runkeeper's B210K training plan for a couple of weeks using the running music I downloaded, getting ready for the 5 mile Olympic Anniversary run.
Saturday evening I did an 'easy/slow' 3.72km run , then Sunday morning was an 8km 'easy/slow' run.
Set off, not quite sure of the route I would do (often the case with me!). Ran alongside the dual carriageway towards a route I cycled on 5x50; where I'd found a new extension to the local country park. Headed for that, got to the entrance which is up a fairly steep hill and runkeeper says I am at 4km already...
What to do, didn't want to turn away from the park having just reached it, and I had seen on the map at work there are a couple of bridleways linking back across the fields to my normal park, so headed into the park for a quick look, no-one about, started on the path, did a loop round but couldn't find the bridleways, I stopped and checked out both maps I passed but no bridleways marked.
Returned via the dual carriageway then detoured into my usual park, heard the voice telling me I'd done 8km, then 9km (with the music playing 'don't give up now'!). I had run all the way, the voice was telling me I was getting slower and slower, but who cares, I had run further than ever before! I cut back across the grass instead of sticking to the paths, got home at 1hr 25mins (including warm up/warm down walks and had done 9.5km! Slow but steady, my pace was nice and regular for large sections which was good, as I have found it hard to stay at one pace using my music.
Only passed one other runner on my side of the road, got a half smile in return for my grimace, then a cheeky wink as he passed me!
Only bad bit of the day was the huge stinky dog poo I picked up from cutting across the grass... Yuk! Still, sat and cooled down on the patio with bucket and toothbrush getting it clean again! Why do some people not clean up after their pooches!!!
Feel confident now that the Olympic run will be ok, and another 4 weeks to consolidate my training