If you had asked me at the beginning of this week whether I would be able to get these 3 runs under my belt, I would have laughed at you. But here I am
I had a broken sleep because I had this run on my mind, lol. So I woke up at 4.30 and thought; 'Go for it'. Out I go, with Laura safely installed on my new MP3 player (kids showed me how to actually get tracks on it) , new running socks, exercise bra and new trackies on!
I just love getting out early, it's a different world isn't it? Overcast, couple of spots of rain and gloriously cool.
Everybody else still sleeping, curtains closed..like a scene from Under Milkwood:
'The houses are blind as moles (though moles see fine to-night in the snouting, velvet dingles) or blind as Captain Cat there in the muffled middle by the pump and the town clock, the shops in mourning, the Welfare Hall in widows' weeds. And all the people of the lulled and dumbfound town are sleeping now.'
Anyway, cut a long story short...I did it! The secret? SLOW IT DOWN. The previous 2 runs I ran a bit fast and got so out of breath it was awful. Slowly slowly . If you can go slower then you're running too fast. I read that somewhere and it's going to be my new mantra. I want to get these legs used to the actual physical action of running, never mind speed at this point.
There were actually a few moments during this run when I forgot about how long I had left to run. I paid attention to where I was, and oh, I like that flower bed in that garden etc. Ok, only a few seconds at a time, but that is progress. And coming up to the end of the last run I passed a woman runner I have seen around for YEARS and she smiled at me And she wasn't going hell for leather either, just a nice jog.
I guess the thing I feel about this final run of week 4 is that I was in control. Nice feeling