Didn't much feel like a run AT ALL this morning when I set off and so I started off by doing the Stepping Stones Podcast (I could stop afterwards if I wanted to) but then carried on running through the cool down walk and before long the Edomondo voice said I was at 7k! Next came 8k!.....May as well do 10k then eh? So I did! First time doing 10k EVER! I took it very, very easy (obviously) but I did it! I have a 10k race booked in for 3rd August in York - my daughter and I are running (I managed to persuade her to join me) and I was seriously beginning to doubt I would be ready for it and thought I may have overestimated my determination. I only started running in February on the C25K Plan so all these doubts were floating around in my mind.
I am running and hoping to raise awareness and funds through justgiving.co.uk/nicki-and-amy in memory of my dear Dad, who sadly passed away just after Christmas whilst I was on holiday, for the Stroke Association. He had a Stroke and then a heart attack. I miss him every single day. He wasn't just my Dad. Obviously foremost he was, but he wasmy best friend. He was the one I turned to, chatted to, moaned to... etc. I think he would be laughing his head off at me running! BUT, he would be ever, ever so proud of me too and I am sure he would be telling people on the bus that his daughter was a "runner" whilst telling me I was mad!
So - my time for 10k, which included my 5 min warm up walk but not the cool down was 1 hour 14 mins. I am aware that isn't the fastest time but I am pleased I did it at least, dispelling those self doubts and stopping that inner saboteur in her tracks.
I am taking a few days to recover as I am definitely feeling it in my 47 year old joints and muscles! I even sat in a cold bath afterwards! How does anyone manage a Half Marathon or even a Marathon? Oh, and I am planning to do both but the Marathon I am saving until my 50th year. I am getting fit because I want to go to Tibet. Big dreams.....
Will do Speed next perhaps ... in a couple of days... but first... a couple of celebratory glasses of wine.
I would be delighted and heartened if anyone would like to donate to a worthwhile cause TEXT: MOAD86 £3 to 70070
Strokes do not just effect the old. Young people suffer with strokes too. Please familiarise yourself with F A C E. stroke.org.uk/FAST
Thank you to everyone who has offered me words of advice and encouragement and support. If I had just listened to everyone around me, I would still be on the couch