I wasn't intending to run this morning as I am headed into town with the kids to watch the marathon but woke early and thought...sod it.
No real plan but out I went for the warm up. The streets were wet which means my water based cooling friends (trees) would be well loaded .
Set off at too fast a pace as I always seem to do. First km zooms by in 4:23 and I force myself to slow down. Having run very little over the past few weeks due to numerous excuses of holidays, heat and work, I hope to put in a decent distance. I decide on my 10k loop route but think it will probably be a step too far. As the 2k run master check in pipes up, the heavens open.....aaaaaahhhhhh.....its been too long since I ran in the cooling rain . This is fantastic .
The run continues and I reach 4k. Choice to make.. Turn back or continue in the long uphill towards the level crossing. The words of my fellow May graduate and general inspiration, Miles Yonder pop into my head.
The hill is conquered without too much problems and I cross the railway (first time I have ever managed to get across, its generally a bit of backward and forward running while I wait for the barriers to lift).
The rain has stopped and I am starting to feel the heat as I reach the park. I go off track as is my want and across the grass to enjoy the fruits of the cooling trees
A few park dog walkers look at me strangely as I pull down on some low hanging branches but I dont care.
9km comes and goes and I do a little diversion to take the run to 10.
Not my fastest 10k of all time (52:46) but after so long prevaricating about my running, a thoroughly enjoyable mornings work.
Sun and warmth is forecast for tomorrow again so I am glad I have run today.
Now its time to drag my stiff legs out to support the athletes in the games.
Enjoy what remains of your weekend folks and happy running/resting.