Friends......Runners.....countrymen (and women), I feel MAGNIFICENT! Todays runs was one of those runs where everything seemed to click into place - perfect breathing, solid legs, no twinges, no tiredness and NO MISERY!
Apart from when I couldn't get my radio app to work and the headphones kept pulling on my ears and then the ****ing Endomondo app didn't announce the first K time to me. THEN I cursed like a docker. I never bother with headphones, or any sort of aural entertainment (that's AURAL) as I find music gets on my nerves and I've never had headphones with a cord long enough NOT to pull my ***king ears off my head! I really wanted the Endomondo announcements today though, as it would have helped me with my pacing. Alas, twas not to be dear friends, so I pulled the headphones off with annoyance and stuffed them in my running tops pocket. I HAD also wanted to listen to a phone in on the radio about last nights LEADERS DEBATE (I LOVE politics and espesh elections!) but because the useless, shi**ng, crappy, pointless piece of ***t app kept dropping the signal, I couldn't even do that.
I need to "grr". Excuse me....
That's better. Thank you.
I was feeling light as a feather today, probably due to not boozing for two days and getting a good nights sleep. I bounced along and didn't get even breathless until about 6K which was when I turned up the paceometer a bit. The weather was overcast but not rainy and the ducks and geese quacked on the Thames, alerting me to their presence on the water. This was RUN THREE of My Asics plan for my half marathon next autumn and I thought a lot about how far I've come since the breathless days of WEEK 1 where my heart pounded and threatened to come through my chest. Where my legs throbbed and pulsated violently. Where I felt like I could never get past the third run of week 1. And now here I was approaching an 8K training run with absolutely no fear that I couldn't do it. No fear that I might have to stop at some point. My fitness has built up incredibly slowly over the past two years, but boy, it is WORTH THE WAIT!
I remember my PRDs (Pre Running Days) where I felt clogged up. Could never breathe deeply enough to get air right into the bottom of my lungs. Where getting into the car, made me make that middle aged man noise - "Uuugghhwaaaghhh!" Where walking up stairs made me breathless and my trousers kept getting tighter - so much so that I bought a whole new set of troos a size bigger. Where my shirt buttons had the tiniest bit of "stretch" to them, meaning they were at their maximum holdage. Any fatter and the things would fly off like bullets taking someone's eye out!
Now two years later, I can breathe right to the bottom of my lungs and it feels MAGNIFICENT. I'm permanently slim waisted and my belt really has to do it's job now. My shirts hang better. I look younger cos my skin is clearer. I boing boing boing up stairs without any effort and I get in and out of the car with only the tiniest "Ughwaagh". These are huge benefits as far as I'm concerned and I really cannot stress enough how this plan really has magic qualities to it.
To NEWBIES out there, who's lives have got them all "clogged up", over weight, listless and low - I say this. DO this C25K plan and watch the riches it brings to your life. Let it take a year, even two....sod it, how ever long it takes - but you will feel younger again and get that feeling that little children have when they run and jump around with seemingly no tiredness whatsoever. I remember my youth so well and the relentless energy it brought. I'm not saying I have the same levels nowadays, but I'm pretty damned close!
So today was a good 'un. Better splits than the other day but still a bit of improvement required. On Sunday it's a 12K "comfortable" run so I'm looking forward to that.
Take care fellow runner chums and may your Easter bring you eggs, chocolate and a blessing from THE LORD! (I'm not talking about Nigel Farage here.....I mean the one "upstairs"....).
Until we meet again