I did my second run after graduation this morning.. Bloody dog decided NOT to follow me AGAIN - last Wednesday he ended up running home alone coz I dared to take him on a new route, on my first post-graduate run, which involved going past A COW IN A FIELD... so he just sat by the side of the lane looking pathetic and watched me run off into the distance! Today I lost him not long after I started running (although I had reverted to our normal route), and I wasn't going to go back searching for him.. his lookout if he doesn't want a nice long run!
So today I was determined to beat the 5k barrier, but I really wasn't bothered about my pace, and I just went along at a pace where I could breathe easily (it was also the first time I didn't use my asthma inhaler before going out - my husband thought I was getting a bit reliant on it and said how about trying without - but the truth is I actually forgot this morning... but I was fine!)
It was a beautiful morning and I just enjoyed being out. When I was pretty sure I must have passed the 5k mark back near home again I took out my phone (always a hairy moment, as I often manage to turn Runkeeper off by mistake a few minutes into the run) and apparently I'd run 5.49k in 42.15 minutes.. so I'm pretty happy with that. Feels really good to beat that 5k bogey!
Last week I didn't manage the 3 runs, but will try very hard to do so this week. I'm enjoying very much just running for me, with my own music, being able to try out new routes, see how far I can go, and feeling like a proper(ish) runner. It feels quite liberating after the podcasts! However I did find myself when I got back this morning mapping out a 10k route round the lanes on Runkeeper "to maybe work towards some time in the future.. it's as well to have a route planned" ..you know, no pressure...
Happy running, everybody.. I hope you all have a good week