Since last Spring I started going to Jog Scotland but wasn't pushing myself to go out between the weekly sessions. Then in January this year I discovered C25K and as you will have seen from previous posts, the rest is history.
Before I was on week 3 my ‘friend’, shown in the distance in the picture, had entered me for a local marathon, on 2 August.
I had just been jogging along until last week the realisation hit me that I had to up my game a bit. Now as I have said previously there is no way I am going to run/jog 26 and the all-important .2 miles bit I WILL jog/walk it. So I need to set challenges.
Yesterday I got up at 6.30 am, had 2 of Miles Yonder’s magical PBRC’s and set off at 7.30. I took some ‘go juice’ with me – an isotonic sports drink – and had planted a bottle of water the previous day at about ¼ of the way – just about where my pal is in the picture.
At the halfway point I had left more water & 2 more PBRC’s. Getting to the halfway was a bit of a struggle but I was cheered on by various people I knew beeping & waving on their way to work and for the last bit a much younger than me (not difficult) guy who is also doing said marathon. He didn't stop his car, just slowed to my speed and we chatted until my turning point. Couldn't face eating but took some water. The go juice, sipped frequently seems to have an amazing effect.
So in perfect conditions, with the sounds of the river, being harangued by upset skylarks, pipits, curlews, golden plovers and hearing the rare haunting call of black throated divers, I did 11.2 miles! Then went out and ate a 3 course lunch – so much for trying to lose some more weight.
Next week it is a 15 mile loop. (I hope).