28C yesterday. What, I hear you saying; he can't be in Britain. Sure enough I'm not. I'm camping in the pine forests west of Bordeaux, in the area where I first got the idea that I might try running, a couple of years ago. Time flies etc and it's now over a year since Laura told me I was a runner. And I'm still running so I guess I must be.
Some of you will know that I'm trying to keep track of my monthly distance, and trying to stay above 100K a month. June has been an odd month. We started at a family wedding in Rhodes - stayed a week, ran for 30 mins! Hot. But here I've run every day for the last 10 days, through the pine forests behind the campsite. I've seen deer, hares and buzzards and shedloads of chuffing mosquitoes. And the campsite has twice been visited by sangliers (wild boar, who also live in the forest).
Come on, get to the point, you say; have you clocked 100K in June? Yes YES Y-E-S!!! 108.6K, to be precise. I'm well pleased with this, as you might imagine. I'm regularly running a straight uninterrupted 10K in 60 mins so I guess that's my baseline time. I find that I'm significantly fitter, and lighter, than when I was last here, two years ago. Almost of all that is down to C25K and just keeping on running. So if you're just starting or having doubts about keeping going - trust in Laura and keep going. If you've graduated - keep going. It's not always fun; it's often (here) very hot & sweaty. But it's definitely always worth it!