What a frightful day! And it being Valentines too! I certainly didn't want to venture outside cos it looked horrible, but I did - and decided to run a 5K. I've given up listening to the stat announcements now as I know I can do it in under 30 minutes if I push hard, so with Endomondo on my pocket (set to "silent") off I went.
GOD IT WAS SOOOOO COLD!! After the warm up walk I set off and was pleased that the aches and pains from my left leg seem to have disappeared. Perhaps the calf drop exercises on teh bathroom step have helped after all! The rain was spitter spattering, not exactly Pi***ng it down but the main thing to contend with was the wind. And I'm not talking about what happens when you eat twelve tins of beans either - I mean the strong gusts that blew straight at me, making each step a real challenge!
I got to Richmond Bridge which is 2K away from me and I headed over it battling against the wind and rain. I wasn't going fast - in fact I was going about as fast as a brisk walking pace really. Anyway, I made it over the bridge, took the steps down to the river and ran along the path towards Old Deer Park. I passed the homeless chap that sits by the railway bridge with all his belongings attached to his bike and wondered how on Earth he survives in this weather. A few runners passed by and a few dog walkers but that was it really. I reached the park and headed across it - this was the 3K mark and my legs started to feel sooooooooo heavy. Dammit! I plodded on feeling about 30 stone in weight and puffing and blowing like a rhino having sex. I had to stop for a walk.
Eventually I made it to the home stretch and amazingly I didn't conk out! I still had enough steam to complete my warm down walk and made it thru the front door in one piece.
I gave my legs the once over on my big pink foam roller before I showered. That should sort them out I thought.
So until the next instalment of "What Dan did in Public" it's goodbye from me. And goodbye from him!