I made the 200-mile trip back to Southend yesterday, and after Skyping the boyf I went out for Week 7, Run 2. I checked my weather app before I left the house, which suggested that it was about 14C. I decided against putting on the running shorts I'd bought, but I didn't forget to put on my new shoes! On my final full day in the Potteries, I dragged my sister around Sports Direct to help me to pick some new shoes. Initially I was going to invest in some running shoes after graduation, but I decided that enough was enough - expecting to not feel the brunt of running on concrete in £8 trainers from Primark was not very clever. I ended up picking up these gorgeous Karrimor Duma 2.
As I ran, I was incredibly conscious of how amazing my shoes felt. The cushioning is excellent and the shoes themselves are so lightweight. I felt like my feet were being cuddled by little clouds as I ran. My calves were beginning to feel a little tight around the ten-minute mark, but it eased off as I relaxed into a more natural pace.
This time, I ended up running all out for the final thirty seconds or so. My goal is to increase my pace for the full 60 seconds for the grand finale of week 7, which will likely happen on Wednesday evening. I was regretting not putting on those new shorts, though - I was boiling hot!! I think next time I will trust my weather app and brave exposing my pale legs to the great outdoors.
At this stage, I do feel like I have really got somewhere. I felt like I could have kept on going today, and I felt like I recovered during the walk in no time at all. I find it unbelievable that a plan of 9 weeks could get me to this stage!! Once again I thank all of you, graduates and newbies alike, for your kind words of encouragement and for your inspirational posts. I enjoy reading about people's successes, but also about their struggles - not in a good way, of course, but it's always reassuring knowing that other people have difficult runs, or get stitches, etc. Anyway, this forum is excellent and I know I'm posting an awful lot, but I can't get over how wonderful and helpful everyone is here - so thank you once again!! =]