Well, that's better! The only changes to my run today were a new playlist of motivational tunes and some new running clothes hubby kindly treated me to yesterday!
The plan to change up the route and drive to a local park to run in went out of the window as I spent much of a precious Sunday morning wearing my new togs, but playing delay tactics and pontificating and generally getting on the family's nerves... Sweeping the already swept kitchen floor, interfering with my daughters homework that she is more than capable of doing without me etc etc etc... Think I was feeling a little nervous after my frustrating Run 2...
With nothing left to delay me, and too much time wasted already... rather than waste more thinking about where new to run, I headed off canal-wards and in the recently neglected direction of swamp and locks as opposed to quiet marina.
Seemed to have a better rhythm from the off today and was pleased to see so many folks out walking, cycling, running... It felt good to share 'my' path and a welcome distraction to have to keep mouthing thank you's to passing walkers who stepped aside for me to run by, or move over to run on the grass for cyclists to pass me on the path. A nice slow and steady pace, breathing much more controlled today as I passed a tribe of ducks with their waddley bottoms lining up at the edge and taking turns to 'jump in' and a pair of swans feigning disinterest. Reaching the lock and pretty bridge long before halfway point, I decided, hey, today I'm going up and over! So, a HILL I climbed (well, a pretty steep incline on the bridge! ;)), back down the other side and onwards, past more locks, the boatyard and onwards and onwards... It's further than I've ever run before, not flat underfoot, and I knew I was losing track of time but wanted to just keep going. Sure enough Laura gave me my 5 minute warning and I was a long way from home. Turning swiftly, still running, I headed back up and over that 'hilly' bridge, past the locks and picked up a little speed. Tiring now, but I needed to make up as much time as I could on that last spurt of running, else it was a long cool down walk...
I was naughty today. Laura let me know my 28 minutes was done, but I didnt 'feel' done, I was having a nice run and didn't want to stop quite yet... I slowed my pace a little... Just to the next bridge I said to myself... At that bridge, I said to myself... Perhaps just to the next bridge... And on this conversation went - until Laura said I was done for today... I had run my 'cool down' time - shocking! I started my longer walk home, feeling most satisfied and like a wild, free, rule-breaking, red-faced midget
It was only an extra 5 minutes, at a very, very slow pace but now I know I can do week 9 for sure A fun run today, much better than the last No more running for me til Wednesday now, I will enjoy my rest days though and save up my energies for graduation week - eeeeeeeeeeek!
Sorry for the loooooooong post today. I fear I am a running bore... When it's been a good day
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend runs x