Week 8 run 2.
Well curiosity got the better of me and I decided to see how far I've been running. Yesterday I sat at my pc plotting runs and was disappointed to see I was only running an average of 2.4miles, it certainly feels longer than that while I'm out running. I plotted some extra turns around the half way point and got to the desired 3.1mile point. (Yes I still use old money distance),
Now I'm not good with measurements so decided to run the extra bits to physically see how far away from 5k I am when physically looking along the pathway, just to gain some sense of perspective.
I set out this morning with the wind in my face and soon found my stride, I ran the extra bits and was on my way back when Laura told me I had run for 20 minutes and had 10 to go. "No I haven't" I shouted back at her annoyed at her stupidity as I took the ipod out of my pocket to check what was happening. Penny dropping slowly.
Now those who know me will be aware that the warm up takes a little over 5 minutes some days depending upon how often the dog needs to sniff etc and how busy the main road is, so I'm in the habit of pausing Laura after the warm up until I get to my start point. Well, you have probably guessed, yes I had paused Laura this morning and must have hit the forward button because I was listening to the podcast for week 9 not week 8.
Putting the ipod back into my pocket, I hit the stop button "aaaarrrggh". Annoyed at Laura, my ipod, me and the world in general, I carried on running, and running and running having no idea of the time and no music to entertain me but I ran right to the end of the pathway.
As I stopped I just shouted excitedly "I've just run my first ever 5K". I must have had a huge grin on my face as a dog walk I had passed shouted "well done" and gave me an enormous smile. As I bounced, skipped and jumped back home, I met two more people to whom I also announced my victorious news and accepted their congratulations.
I don't even care how long it took, I've done it and I'm ready to take on the world!!