After all of my feeling down and self conscious last week, todays run was great!
I barely slept last night, so when my alarm went off this morning less than 2 hours after I'd finally got to sleep, I elected to get another hour in before work, and go for my run after work instead.
So at 7pm I fastened up my trainers and headed out into the drizzle. Tuesday it turns out is after-school 5-aside club day, so the park was full of kids in high-vis vests. There were other runners, and most of them over-took me at some point, and there were loads of people walking their dogs. But mostly I didn't worry, only once when I ran past a bunch of teenagers did I have the self-doubt. and the run was great! I'd researched the route that the Park Run takes, and decided to follow that and see how it felt. Part of the run is up-hill, which I'd studiously avoided doing before, but it was fine! I had to keep telling myself not to speed up too much on the downhill, and to keep a steady pace, but I felt like I could run for ages!
The 25 minutes (week 7, run 1) felt almost easy, and I even upped the pace when Laura said I only had 60 seconds to go!
I managed half of the Park Run distance in my 25 minutes, so at my current pace it will take me 50 minutes to complete it, but I'm confident now that I'll make my goal of completing it before the end of October