Monday: I set off bright and early (well, before 9am anyway) to run laps round my local park. 20 mins into my 5k (which was going surprisingly well) a group of thin, young and fit individuals enter the park from the local council offices across the road. They proceed to do team building exercises and such like. I ignore them and carry on running. My route, in case my gps once again fails me, is circular, following the marked outfield of the cricket pitch. 2 and a half laps is a KM. Half way through one lap I notice, through the sweat dripping in my eyes, they are laying out those disc things that footballers run round. Right across my route. I have 2 laps (possibly 2 and a half to go) for my 5k. They are still setting out whatever it is they are going to be playing so I run right through it. (Didn't get in anyone's way honest). By the time I have come round again, they are still not playing. Instead I notice they've stopped and are watching me. Then I realise they are laughing. Not with me. But at me. And pointing at me. I am humiliated. Completely. I have one more lap to do. My face was red anyway but I could really feel it burning. Somehow I carried on. Runkeeper told me I'd done my 5k and in my best time yet ( no walking either). When I should be overjoyed I found myself crying. They'd forgotten me by now and moved on to some other stupid team building exercise. I walked past them all and home. Two days later it's still bothering me.
I was due to run again this morning but put it off til it was very warm. Big mistake. Thought I'd only do a short one today anyway but....when I got there today there was an end of term fun day for the creche. Complete with bouncy castle and ponies. Great. More people to laugh at me. But no. No one paid a blind bit of attention to me. (Except a dog who while I was running ran up and dropped his ball in front of me for me to throw it!!!!) Just as well as I was trying the Speed podcast and ended up walking the 'slow' intervals. I guess I wasn't in the right frame of mind after Monday. Runkeeper lost its GPS again so no idea what I did either as forgot to count laps! But overall glad I got out there and did it again or I would have quit.
Turns out this group of encouraging council staff will be running children's activity groups over the summer. Heaven help the clumsy slow child that encounters them....(for I was once that child. No wonder I hated PE).
Sorry for the rambling post....!