Evening lovely runners,
As the title says, I had a really good W8R2 today I felt good all the way round - very hot and very tired by the end but I did it, and did it well. I knew it was going to be a good one as soon as I stepped out of the door; I had a spring in my step during my warm-up and was really keen to get going. At first I thought I'd set out a bit too fast, but I felt energetic so I kept the pace, and told myself I always have the option to ease off later. Anyway, after a few minutes I settled and was feeling good.
I run through the woods and normally see odd bits of "wildlife" (rabbits, birds, ducks and geese from nearby farms, cats, dogs etc.) but today I was more than a little surprised to see 4 men dressed head-to-toe in high-viz orange, as I rounded a bend. I think they were assessing the landslide potential of a particularly steep slope, but anyway they all waved at me so I smiled and cheerily waved back and then ran a bit faster (to show off! ), and then common sense returned and I regained normal pace.
At "5-minutes-to-go" I had still kept up a slightly increased pace, and was determined to finish strongly so breathing very heavily and with my cheeks turning a high-viz shade of their own, I dug deep and pushed on right to the end. I slowed down the second I heard Laura's voice though and took a couple of minutes to recover (my cheeks took a little longer! )
My W8R1 on Tuesday was good, and I ran on the same route today but got quite a bit further round in the 28 minutes (I've no idea what the distance is as I don't take phone/gadgets with me) but I was pleasantly surprised to see how far I managed to get
In summary: very chuffed!
Sending good-run vibes to all