A bit late reporting in that I finished W9R3 about 6 hours ago! Bob won this morning and I was a bit slow mastering Bib too! I am allergic to bees (Yes, truly!) and have to attend a desensitizing clinic every month. Need to be on the bus at 9.40. Plan for today: up at 6.30, run to 7.30, shower, change and be ready for 9.00, then breakfast and out.
The reality: Up at 8.00. DOH! Blown it already. If I really push it I could still do it all and will be back just after 9.00 - still time to catch bus.
Well it was one of those mornings when everything was in the wrong place. Can't find water bottle, can't find keys, can't find MP3 player. Can't fasten strap hooks. And so it went on. Silly thing is I was really up for enjoying this run. I was late switching the pod cast on and that threw every stage of my run and normal turning places. Saw DOZENS of dogs and their owners all along the way. (only needed to shout at 1 owner - AND without swearing I'm glad to say!)
The run was fine. I managed it all and finished every last part. Less moaning out loud today so know I was coping better than last time. Very glad when Laura told me only 5 minutes left because by then I was finding it hard going! I even managed to run both the up and down ramps to the bridge both ways - never done that before! So I finished. No whoops, no tears of joy- just O.K. that's that then. ( as in 'Is that all there is?' mode)
Went to hospital on the bus and it is a lovely journey along the valley. On the way back I felt a quiet smugness creeping in. Followed by my mind buzzing with plans of how I can continue on this journey. Then plans to do all kinds of things with my life. I felt more alive, alert and buzzing than I have for years! And that feeling, although quietly to myself, was BRILLIANT! The best feeling ever!
I have complained often through this site that I am tired and just want my energy back. Suddenly I think I have found it again! I am at least thinking of all the good stuff I can do and how much better I feel.
So, message to all setting out on this plan or only part way through:
Hang in there. There are times when it feels really hard. Keep it slow and steady, accept you may have a rubbish run once in a while and don't stress over that when you do. And one day you will experience what I am feeling right now - and I tell you IT IS BLOOMING LOVELY!
Happy running everyone.
Going to see if they'll give me a shiny grey badge now!
And a huge THANK YOU to all you lovely bloggers for your support and inspiration over the weeks! Couldn't have done it without you!