I just had to post, because Mr Beth is probably getting sick of my excitable ramblings about running!!
Today, I had a breakthrough. This morning I went for R2 of W9 (eek- one left!) and braced myself for a struggle. I'm very definitely still at the stage where long runs are a long hard slog, and in a lot of them over the past few weeks I've had to walk for 10 seconds or so, before my legs exploded.
But today was different. Today, was a dream. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, the lake looked beautiful, and I was on form!! It was around 15 seconds a mile faster than my previous PB, and I'm still not exactly setting land speed records. But that doesn't matter, because it felt SO GOOD. For the first time (ever, I think) it felt like I was moving, under my own steam, as opposed to dragging my sorry ar*se along. My legs felt powerful, I felt faster, and my new Garmin telling me I WAS faster was motivation to make sure I smashed that PB.
I hope all running is like this. Always. I hope that was the start of a turning point- I think I'm finally starting to understand what you graduates say when you claim to actually enjoy the process of a run, not just the results.
Week 9, Cloud 9- Roll on graduation!!!