First, Happy Mothers Day to all you Mums, hope you enjoy your day.
After spending some lovely time this morning with my small people... admiring beautiful homemade cards, bright daffodils and a new gadget (a Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch - who knew I'd ever be delighted to receive a sports gadget as a gift! ) and enjoying breakfast in bed, I felt thoroughly spoilt and well loved.
These happy vibes came with me for my graduation run, something of a solo park run... A new route in my local castle grounds park, something a little special for W9R3.
Armed with my watch, partially charged out of the box, nice and easy for technophobe me to work, just simple data, a few buttons... excited to finally see my 'stats' at the end of the programme, there was a spring in my step throughout my very brisk warm up walk and eek, one press of a button and I was off and running...
Felt wonderful today, no grumps or stitches - phew! Got a nice steady rhythm after the first 5 minutes, enjoying the new views... The castle a stunning backdrop, staggered flower beds in bloom, daffs standing proud, waterfowl playing on the river, mums beaming on a leisurely Sunday watching their littleys toddling around... Perfect!
10 minutes Laura encourages, no worries I think, feeling great. Bleep my gadget said. Bleep. Bleep. I snuck a quick glance, keeping my ryhthm... Battery low it flashed. Uh oh. Will be fine I thought, only needs to keep going for 20 minutes. Little button press to dismiss - and onwards.
At 20 minutes, still slow and steady, breathing regular, all good. Little robin bobs from the hedge, a nod just for me, "Keep going Nat", he said.
Just 5 minutes to go Laura advises, I smile, I feel good today, head up high, back straight, focusing on the path ahead... "it's my graduation run", I want to shout! Picking up pace, I feel I can push myself today, I want to finish in style... for once! I sneak a peek at the gadget, 27 minutes, 36 seconds, 4.2K it tells me, angrily flashing it's empty battery symbol. Not too bad!, I think to myself.
Just 60 seconds Laura tells me, I pick up pace some more and do something of a sprint! And it's done, I feel proud, excited... I earnt my badge at last!
I slow down and go to press the stop button on the gadget - it's moment of truth, how far off the 5k am I? Blank screen. I don't believe it, it's died on me in the final minutes! I'll never know! I laugh out loud and don't mind too much - I was closer to the magic distance than I ever thought I'd be, still something of a snail, but a long way from those first weeks, puffing like a steam train and wanting to lie down on the pavement after 60 seconds!
So that's it, I'm done! This has been a truly wonderful experience, made all the richer and more possible by all of you, supporting, encouraging, chastising... Thank you all so much.
What's next? Charging the gadget! Then running 5k, perhaps trying to pick up pace and maybe even being brave enough for park run! I'll be taking my friend, Laura, with me and all of you, three times a week, for the foreseeable future. Running-scared isn't scared anymore!
Off to fetch a certain badge now... Then giving my small people some mum time. Enjoy your Sunday folks. Xxx