So, after nearly two years from starting this programme, restarting it 3 times, several months on the injury couch for minor injuries and increasing mileage too quickly (should have known better) today I finally ran my first 10K! And what a feeling!
I've been building up half a kilometer a week since October and a week ago I ran 9K. I was due for my long run today and thought I might go for 10. Anyway, I had a great night's sleep, had my porridge for breakfast, the sun was shining and there was no wind so I thought " this is the day. I'm going for it. The whole lot".
The run was beautiful. There was still lots of horrible looking ice on some paths and I had to continuously look ahead to check where the sun was and where it was icy and had to to go onto the rough and mud. It was so icy I even slipped on the leaves! I felt strong throughout and it was a fabulously memorable run but I did experience two sets of people, really lovely, thoughtful people and total wa**ers.
Two lovely gentlemen warned me about very icy paths up ahead and advised me not to run on them but take a different path (how kind was that?). Then there were the others. One group of dog walkers took up the whole width of the path, they didn't move when they saw me coming so I had to run on the rough to avoid them. The next thing I knew a dog leash was blocking my way and I had to stop completely to avoid tripping over it. You know the really long ones. Not one word of apology. With tongue bitten I ran on.
I met another two groups of dog walkers who more or less refused to budge and their dogs started chasing me. But I ran faster hee hee and got away from the bu**ers! But honestly, what is it with some people?
Anyway, rant over. Nothing could spoil my mood today. I met two other runners and we exchanged a few pleasantries and afterwards I did feel like I belonged to this special club, this running club. " they think I'm a runner" I thought. Then remembered "but I am a runner".
I have to thank Rignold for his 4 hour epic music playlist. It made a huge difference to how I felt on this run and because the playlist was new to me I didn't know what was coming up next so it was very inspiring. The music was fabulous and I really did imagine I was in my own film! So, thanks Rignold. Didn't manage the whole 4 hours but some day perhaps!
I think I experienced the "runner's high that I've heard about but to be honest have not experienced myself. I was feeling fantastic, I had a huge smile on my face, all was right with the world and just before the bleep at 10K I thought "I could run for fu**ing forever!". The bleep came and I did a little dance there in full view of everyone and punched the air! What a feeling!
Total time running 1.11.10 which I thought wasn't bad considering I had to manoeuvre the ice, ruddy dogs and two gates.
With the Sports England TV ad in mind, " this girl did".
Happy running everyone.