Well its a good day ! Had a luxurious 9.45am lie in with trashy novel, giant cuppa tea, george dog and injured Boz (still pretty much immobile with his sore back ) Guinea pigs fed and watered while tea brewing , fat pigeons and crows fed and happy in garden! Porridge and honey too! then off to work, just a short manic shift in the cafe today, looks like all the bargain hunters were out in force for the sales in town ! Stayed a bit longer to help out, then back home. As Boz's parents were visiting him and on their way back home, i asked for a lift towards the cliff path as it was getting dark and George was requesting a nice trot and i needed some fresh air and a pretty view! so dropped off at Sandown and a walk along from the pier, then up the 100 odd steps(hard work) and back home, around a 4k route i reckon. It was so soothing down there, sun going down and no breeze to speak of, that got me thinking that i should run tonight instead of tomorrow, then i could do a New years eve run and one on Friday(my 1 yr C25K anniversary!) as no Parkrun for me Saturday as working the earlier shift! (but did get to my 30th Parkrun last Saturday! which felt really hard in the mud and my legs ached all over afterwards! ) So at 6pm, i headed off!
i decided to do 5k, without looking at the garmin, just turning around at my half way lamp-post! it was quite fun guessing how i was doing, felt quite fast for me, still feel amazed that its actually me running along, wonder if that will ever wear off-surreal sometimes! So off along from Shanklin, for some reason a stretch of 4 street lamps were out, so that was a bit DARK! but sped on, trying to keep a good pace going. Felt like PROPER running, rather than my jog pace, so wasn't sure if i could keep it up, but that route is good as there are batches of beach huts that you can persuade yourself to get to, then aim to next lot, etc! past the pier, sped up a bit so didn't look too rubbish to groups of teenagers! Damn, my turn around lamppost appeared so had to come back past said group, thats the good thing with ear phones, my 80s mix meant i was oblivious if there were any comments(thats just me being paranoid maybe! )
homeward stretch and not too far to go! back past the spooky dark bit and to the barrier at end of revetment! Stopped the garmin! 29.37! but that was for 5.1k so actual 5 k time was 29.16! YAY ! i've only done under 30 mins once, and that was 29.50 I'm never a very exuberant person, but that made me smile! And also i won't have to work so hard on new years eve now!
Took a pic to show the peaceful atmosphere, often its really blowy down there! The pier is the lights on the right!
Am posting my strava link below as feeling very pleased with my new PR records!
feeling tired now, had nice macaroni and leek cheese for tea now ready for a snooze, my sister bought me a new "teddy bear throw" for christmas , need to lounge and recouperate now!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to my c25k pals, you've really made my year getting to know you all(i am a forum bore to my pals, "On the forum someone said" etc, bet it drive them mad but i am happy here!
ps loving the tags on this post!