It's difficult sometimes isn't it? You have the best run of your entire life and you want to scream it from the rooftops, but at the same time you don't want to appear arrogant or smug. I think you all know me well enough to know that I'm neither of the latter, so here goes ;
I AM AS HAPPY AS A PIG IN SH**, I AM SOOOOOO PLEASED COS I GOT SIX PB's THIS MORNING!!!!! WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
There. Got it out. Thanks for letting me do that, oh fellow bloggers. My bum muscles are buzzing with slight over use and my right shin is slightly buzzy also, but apart from that I am in good shape. This is how I did it......
Decided last night to do a 10K today and run the entire way around Richmond Park. I have done this once before and really enjoyed it, though it was INCREDIBLY HARD. I wasn't expecting anything less today as I parked my car at Pembroke Lodge, but thought I would run in a clockwise direction this time around. I set off and ignored the slight ache in my left glute thinking that it would disappear once I'd warmed up. I was right and it soon went away as I tonked down Sawyers Hill at a fair old pace. This is part of the same Park Run I did last Saturday so it was familiar territory. Reached Roehampton Gate and turned right, keeping my pace going steady and as the ground was flat, my body was dealing quite well with the terrain. The sun was blinking in and out and the air temperature was perfect for running. As I ran through the trees and smelt the flowers and the grass, I was in heaven. What better way to keep fit than to run in your local park - no monthly fees, no annoying pumping music and no unpleasant smell of sweating bodies, just birds tweeting, the odd dog walker and the smell of springtime in your nostrils! I'm out of work at the moment (I'm a freelancer) which is a bit worrying for me for various reasons, but todays running pumped endorphines into my bloodstream keeping the worry at bay.
At 22 minutes of fairly fast pace it was time to stop for a recovery walk. I kept this to ONE minute then I was off again. Unfortunately I could only manage another 1.2K before I had to stop again, but quickly recovered to set off towards Mount Everest - or at least that's what it felt like. OMG!!!! This hill I encountered was sooooo steep and I tried and tried to "jog" up the hill at almost minus miles per hour speed. I reached the top and decided I wasn't going to pass the two alarmingly attractive ladies who were out power walking in their lycra capris - at least not yet! Had to take another breather after reaching the summit of the mountain and then I was off again, powering towards the two lycra ladies. I passed them at a fair old speed as they chatted at 100mph to each other and it was on this section that I became almost possessed! There was a long downhill section coming up and I couldn't believe the rate my legs were going. The walks had revitalised me, allowing me to get my breath back and I was in Ferrari Mode!! Passed a man and his dog.......now chasing down another lovely lycra lady.....I was gaining on her at about 45mph (or at least that's how it seemed) and had to mount the grass verge to get past her because if I'd gone the other way I would have taken a tumble. EEEEeeeeeeeeowwwwwwwww........(Ferrari noise)
It was time to turn right again for the final stretch back to the car and it was here my legs started to say "Oi! Numpty! Yeah you! What the bleedin' blazes was all that just now? You want to kill me or summink?". I was facing an uphill stretch, not steep, but long and wearing so I slowed my pace right down and allowed my legs to keep plodding in a slow manner. Up and down the path went in long stretches and I looked at my watch - I had run for 52 minutes and the car wasn't that far away. Could I get a personal best? Could I keep up the energy to make it to the car without stopping? "Go on Dan! Push that body. Punish that body!" yelled the mantra of a fellow contributor here in my head. And suddenly there was the car park! I fished the phone out of my pocket to make sure I'd run 10K (in fact I'd run 10.4K) and I stopped, but this time for the warm down walk.
Reached the car and did my stretches immediately cos I think I'd given the old bod a pretty good seeing to on this run. Once in the car I gingerly looked at my phone - 58'27!!! I had done it. I'd gone the fastest time I'd ever done over 10K. But there was more excitement to come.....
I showered and got myself ready to pop down to the hairdressers to get my hair cut with Jeff (our local guy). He said to me "You look so well!" I told him about my run earlier and his wife (also a hairdresser) then jumped in and told me to sign up for the Turks Head Fun Run in June!!! I think I just might.......Whatcha reckon?
Anyway I checked my stats online with Endomondo. WOWZA! ;
Fastest Cooper (12 min) - 2.28km
one hour - 10.23km
1 mile - 8 min 19 sec
3K - 15 min 54 sec
3 miles - 26 min 27 sec
10K - 58 min 27 sec
I was just 2 seconds off a best 5K too!!! But boy am I happy.
Thank you for indulging me. I'm agog at how our bodies continues to amaze us! Right.....time to paint a window.
Bye and thanks for reading.