Hello all you lovely people!
Laura deserted me
I was stricken but otherwise i have LOVED W7, can i tell you a little bit about it?
She was there for W7R1, doing her usual thing. I didn't suspect for a moment that she was planning on leaving me, she's been so perfect up until now.
Have to say that run was my favourite to date .... Prodigal Son came with me (on his bike) in his new, self-appointed role of Coach!!! He got kind of fed up with with all those run/walk intervals and me being so slow but now, 25 mins straight, that might be fun again, plus it fitted in with his own teenage schedule!!! I had Laura with the podcast, so launched after the warm-up walk - that usually is longer than 5 mins so i don't have to cross a road or negotiate anything weird whilst in those stumbling first 5 mins of getting into running mode - we each had our adjacent earphones out so we could talk - i made it very clear that i was supposed to be going slowly enough that i could stay alive AND talk - first thing i hear from Coach is "From this moment on and for the next 25 minutes you shall address me as Sir" ahahahhahahhaaaa!!! Laughing is great for stabilising breathing i discovered! It was so much fun, he coasting in the cycle lane, me on the pavement - changing my body angle, my hands, arms, relaxing shoulders, head carriage, lift of knees, placement of feet - all according to the various sporty clubs he goes to - have to say tho, his directions worked for me .... easier forward movement, quieter, lighter feet down, steady breathing, a little pace increase here and there, it was BRILLIANT!
W7R2 6.30 Sunday morning - very very hot, very very sunny and, straight after the warm up walk, Laura conked, she just disappeared - so i replayed the walk, that's 10 mins now and boof she conked again .... i decided i'd just have to run solo (having stuffed ipod into my pocket in appalled panic!) and check the clock when i got home! Being as how i was in my usual route area i pretty much knew how far i travel in how many minutes depending on the various weeks/intervals, so i extended the distance a bit further than ever before, just in case, and did my best Forrest Gump impersonation! Plenty to keep me busy, trying to remember all my instructions from the last run with Coach! Turned out, by the time i got home and checked the clock then dashed out to walk down that i'd done the 10 mins walking plus 40 mins running! Och nooooooo ....... why did i add that extra bit on???
W7R3 was this eve ..... Coach came too ..... tried Laura again but she couldn't get past the walk, how disappointing was that? Like a personal loss but, things were pre-planned today - i'd taken instructions from Coach on how to find his music whilst walking hard in case Laura failed me and he had instructions to start his timer going for 25 mins as soon as he saw me launch into a shufflejog!
Laughing again as Tim Minchin comes on the ipod with one of his ridiculously wordie songs. Laura, i have a lot to thank you for but, honestly, i feel betrayed by your desertion and it was so nice running to music that i love! I was so happy that the music on my son's ipod was stuff that i'd listen to myself too! Anyway, i'd picked the route to go gently gently uphill for about 1.5km and then back down and then level again..... a real challenge at the beginning but felt great! Only thing was, Coach was working quite hard to go slowly enough to stay with me on the rise and then enjoying freewheeling on the down so i didn't see much of him! We got confused in a little pack of people from a running club at one point; that was tough as they seemingly sprinted off like Olympians into the sunset Never mind, Coach announced i could slow to a walk, after 31 minutes (he thought that was funny!!!) and, as i struggled to rearrange my legs to a walk, i realized he said i'd been running for 31 minutes!!! It was true!
Woweeee! I simply cannot believe how amazing this programme is! Thank you Laura but i don't feel i can trust you anymore. I'm off to buy a watch!
Cool Runnings everyone