I may have just had a whole week off for half-term, but already I feel exhausted and, in all honesty, down in the dumps again. Some of the kids I taught today were obscenely rude to me and, well, I don't go to work to be abused by teenagers, believe it or not!
My mind was whirring with the events of the day as I went out for my final run of week 7. As I was doing my warm-up walk, I took my usual route. I like to run on the streets near where I live because it's convenient, flat and reasonably safe. As I was walking, I spied a little fox crouching in-between two houses! I actually paused and looked at him for a bit before moving on. He stood stock still but kept his eyes on me as I left. He looked healthy.
I settled into the rhythm of the run fairly quickly. I wanted to push myself a little today. As I went around I thought about my day. I was able to put aside what had happened and really enjoyed myself. I soon warmed up in the chilly evening air. I surprised myself when I realised just how easy I was finding the run, and was grateful - I know that some days you get good runs and bad runs, and today I really needed a good run, and that's exactly what I got!!
I eventually ran back to the road where the fox had been - I spotted him again, this time closer to the road but still inside the little corridor between the two houses. He was a beautiful little thing! I felt like he must be good luck as I was able to not only increase my speed for the final minute, but I went into a full-on sprint for the final 10 seconds or so!! I hadn't intended to do so, but I wanted to see how easily I could gain speed. It struck me how easy it was for my legs to go faster, and how enjoyable it actually was. I haven't ran all-out like that since I was a kid, and it brought a huge smile to my face.
Runkeeper informs me that I beat two of my personal records today - I burned the most calories out of all my other activities (280), and covered the most distance (2.73 miles, which does include the 5 minutes either side of walking). I really feel like achieving 5k is within grasp at this stage. I don't think I'll be able to run it in 30 minutes, but if I can keep up the pace for 5k then I consider that a success. I can worry about setting myself time-specific targets like that after graduation!
I hope that everyone else has had a successful run this evening and that you had a better day than me!