Graduated on Saturday...the grey snail made it! Thank you everyone for your congratulations.. it was amazing.
So... after two days horrendous rain and thick, thick fog. ( Strength and Flex had to be the order of the day). I finally got out there this morning.
I must admit, I left a little later this morning and I have to admit too, I felt a little lonely without Laura!
I chose a combination of past routes and set out. The sky this morning was clearing quickly and the huge white flat clouds , swimming idly, in the brightening sky, gave a hint of a better day.
Into the village... kept the routine; a brisk five minutes walk, then... a thirty minute run... just to prove that Week 9 was not a fluke!
Down by the back of the station, I decided to vary the route and ran along by the stream on a narrow hard track, surprising a ginger cat.. green eyes startled and tail swishing as I jogged past... clearly unused to a grey snail pacer! Along to the far lane and turning by the old mill... totally unused now with the spokes of the old water wheel broken and skeletal against the crumbling brickwork. How much longer will that stand... maybe harsh winter winds will be the end of it, although this morning....?
The temperature was almost balmy as I finished the thirty minutes.... I decided to just enjoy myself. Five minute walk then a ten minute run... three minute walk then a fifteen minute run...and so on... Up the hill... no effort this morning and wonderfully, a clear sunny sky.... past the primary school and the chirruping of the little ones in the Infant yard...along the narrow pathway, no neck dripping raindrops this morning... and up onto the Old Road.
How different from the grey shrouded run in Week 8... Birds singing, a warm breeze... one could have been forgiven for mistaking the December date for a morning on the other side of the year!
My heart was light, no sense of pressure here, my pace,as ever, slow but steady.
Down the hill into the village and heading for home with a spring in my step.
I wanted to tell the people I passed... do this.. go for it.. you will feel so much better..!
What a beautiful run at the beginning of a day ,when you feel privileged to be alive, to be healthy and to breathe in the morning air. Yes.. the quotations had kicked in again.. Told you my written ramblings would carry on!