Well common sense won yesterday and I didn't run in the evening. Instead I did a leisurely 10 k walk from work back home. Quite pleasurable. So today was running day. I need to build up stamina and distance (I don't know why, but I feel I do) and speed, of course. And the stamina comes from long runs, which I can only really do at the weekend. So a long run it was. I chose a different route which I've walked hundreds of times, but haven't run in the last 12 years. The idea was to run slowly and easily as long as I felt like it. When I'd had enough I would stop and walk the rest. No pressure. I didn't even listen to runkeeper or have a watch, although runkeeper was running in my pocket (I want to know the stats afterwards!). So off I went over the fields, nice and slow, smooth as silk. Past dog walkers and little old ladies who smiled sweetly at me, which was actually quite motivating. Managed to nip across the only road I have to cross without stopping and then it was off up the track, dodging puddles and pot holes. Along the muddy hedgerows off into the area we call "the bendy trees" where the wind has sent all the trees leaning in one direction. Soft grass underfoot, more dog walkers and then into the woods where the path is really soft with pine needles and leaves. I love that route, I remember running there years ago on a bank holiday, rejoicing at the extra day off, the good weather and the fact I could run. It was similar today. I had the option to turn back just before the woods but felt good so through the woods it was. Then cutting back past the allotments and the little open air chapel, onto the rough ground and back among the bendy trees. Back home across the fields, getting a bit puffed now and very sweaty! At the end I had run 6.1 km in 47 minutes. Not fantastically speedy, but anything under 8 mins per km is fine by me on a long run.