Yesterday i made a promise to do 9km today and this is what happened...
My partner came home from a business trip to Lima to say our car will be arriving tomorrow after waiting months due to various technical issues. So to celebrate 2 small glasses of wine before heading out for dinner. Headed out 7:35 the Japanese restaurant was shut and didn't open until 8pm (when will be learn!), so decided to head to the pizza restaurant (packed as usual), waited for a table and decided to drink water - some people have to run 9km in the morning.
Finally get our table, my partner orders a class of red wine, waiter brings a bottle. Not wanting to sound rude we kept it and shared a pizza. So that was that run has to be postponed.
Until i got up and saw some people saying you can do 9km! Well that was it i was going - a banana and slice of toast, a gallon of coffee and some water. Right off i go (not immediately obviously), got to the starting point of my run - oh no! I need the toilet - can i do 9km needing the toilet? No i can't - right back to the apartment - shall i just dish this 9km - the running gods are trying to tell me something.
NO - i made a promise to all you lovely people and 9km was what i was going to do even if it kills me today. So back to the start of the run - Its warm - start running playlist and garmin - off i go.
Thank goodness after 0.6km - a traffic light - time to catch breathe. Onwards to park1 - right 1.6k - its too warm- stop again to take long sleeved top off - again maybe 1.6km is enough. NO come on - then to the bridge - i will cheat and take the steps rather than run the steep incline. Ok - just make it to large fountain at the top of the park - got to the fountain and on the way back all of a sudden - i felt great. At 3km i thought i really can do this today and what helped was mapping out the route so i had little markers to reach.
Had to stop at the lights again - another chance to get breathe back but it was a shame i was really in a nice stride - I am so pleased that i put some of those running songs from audio fuel (the people who the music for c25k podcasts) they helped loads also waves by Mr Probz - love it!!
Across the traffic lights - loving the new route - really good road to run down- pavement and cycle path - so happy and thought it would be busy but not many people about. Got into el golf now and past the golf course - very fancy and nice around here! Up ahead two dog people walking their dog, other walkers and a cyclist all fighting over the pavement and i am heading towards to bunch up! Right run on the grass all good until boxer leaps towards me and starts barking - i was concentrating on running on grass - takes me by surprise - i leap out of my skin- onwards
I have made it to the second park - on the home stretch. You have done so well! Keep going. Then got to 8km and this is really where the mental challenge really started - first i knew that i would need to go further than i mapped out to reach 9km so that didn't help, then i was like i don't think i can do 1km - so i stopped - took a deep breathe and said come on - went back to music on first part of the run to motivate in the last 0.5km and was concreting so much getting up final incline that i must of missed the buzz on watch and it wasn't until i looked at my watch i saw 9.1km - thats it!! 1hour and a few stops along the way but i did it!
10KM next week !!