Well after an extended 12 days of resting up, reading up and letting my shins recover - I decided that was enough couch sitting and time to get back out there.
So Sunday was planned as a nice gentle run, but actually a run with quite a few firsts for me.
First run without Laura - I just didn't fancy listening to her 1,2,3,4 during SteppingStones again - I find it a bit off putting because I always tended to be slightly ahead of her and ended up concentrating far too much on trying to land in time. So I just re-discovered Blondie and as I was belting along to One Way or Another certainly gets the heart rate up again.
First run in the warm temperature - well it had to happen at some point, I can't not run just because it's hot out there. & if Christian Schiester (now my new inspiration) can do 220km ultras in Ethiopia, & 100km in Antarctica, I am sure I can manage 5km in Sunny Yorkshire! Although it wasn't too bad really.
But it wasn't until I stopped that I notice every inch of skin is now dripping sweat... which was another first - normally I'm just back & chest but this time it was everywhere, legs, thighs, forearms, shoulders, so a proper work out.
First run with no real target in mind - yes on the chart it was supposed to be 34 mins and I set out knowing that I probably wouldn't make it I because I don't want to push too hard - but in all honesty I was just happy to get out there and happy that my shins were holding up. Remarkably they felt fine, so the first run post injury too.
So I ran for 22 mins, which is nothing spectacular, but not a failed run either. Just happy that I've not lost it too much.
Now - the 10k training can start in earnest - so looking forward to this week as being wk1 of my new training program... and now just 11 weeks to go until race day!
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