W8R1 this morning. At the start of week 7 Laura suggested changing the route to avoid getting bored. I decided to go back to my original route which was fine at first with lovely shade. The route then becomes a flood defence mound with steep sides, one side into the river and the other into a barbed wire fence. Trouble was the grasses and thistles completely obscured the path and it was impossible to see my footing. The health and safety elfins told me to give up on it and I changed path again, this time through a field of sheep. That was perfect, neat grass, nice and springy. Across the field and on to main road and running on a tarmac footpath. Found out I really don't like tarmac - makes my calf muscles ache. Wish I'd stuck to my familiar run, which I do like and am not bored with. Lesson learnt - appreciate what you've got. (When my children were small 'bored' was a banned word!)
When I finished - which was challenging for me! I did my stretching and never had this before but for calf stretches my stretched leg kept trembling and giving involuntary jerks. Weird!
So, how do I rate that for a run. Difficult, I know tarmac is rubbish and hard, absolutely shattered, achey and wish I felt excitement like so many of you describe. Still, it was a run and one nearer to graduating!