Good Friday good mornings to all C25Kers!
Finally I'm able to post after a run; I'm usually rushing around getting ready for work when I return from a run, but today being a bank holiday, no rushing is necessary and I can take my time and post here.
Despite being off work today, I still got up at 0420 (well, 0417; I seemingly have Alarm Clock OCD!) to go for my early morning run. Others assure me this is 'madness' and that I'm 'not reight', as we say here, but to me it's keeping structure and schedule. And come next week when I do have to get up really early, there won't be the feeling of dread, so there is some method to it!
The run was amazing; I felt so good after. The streets were all but deserted; so very peaceful, calm and really, really enjoyable. For reasons of which I'm not aware, I chose to route myself today up a looooong steady incline of a hill. Not the near-vertical thing that nearly killed me on run two of last week, but I still felt it. Why I did this I couldn't honestly say but the downhill section after felt soooooo good! I just wanted to mix the route up a bit. This is, where I live there are hills aplenty. Loads of them. In every direction, so there's really no avoiding them! I got through the run with a great sense of achievement. This program really is working; I can't stop talking about it to friends and workmates. I'm sure they're getting bored.....
So, today went well, as did run one on Monday, it's just run two; it's a common theme now, it seems. Run two is by far the most difficult of the three, for some reason. I'd have thought it would be run one, but no, it's the second which is the worst. :-|
On Wednesday I went into a running shop near where I work to finally get fitted with a proper pair of running shoes. Really enjoyed the experience; found the staff so attentive and helpful. Tried a couple of different pairs and finally settled, after a little session on the treadmill and a mini-run outside, on a very comfortable, light pair of bright orange shoes. They're very, very orange. Nary have I seen anything quite so orange. There's oranges in Seville not as orange as these things. But they're great; wore them just now for the first time and it was like wearing a pair of slippers. I don't have the usual lower back twinge (yet!) either, which is a good sign.
The running shop also run a 'Good Running Workshop' in which a couple of running professionals and experts help a group of runners with running form; practical drills and talks about the subject are given so runners can see how good form should be and how to include it into one's program. It's only £10 for the hour, which is great so I booked onto that for the end of the month. Can't wait!
Now, I apologise for the essay and for the ramble; I've tried to squeeze the whole week's worth of running occurrences into one (very long!) post!
Happy running, all - and happy Easter!