So, my first 5K (actually 5.6K don't you know!) after a couple of weeks off wasn't great. I am not at all surprised knowing myself the way I do but still, it was 5K and 5K is 5K.
Basically I started off far too quickly and then took far longer to slow down than I should have. The first 30 metres was up a fairly steep hill as well which just seems to sap the life out of me. My poor heart rate didn't drop out of maximum I don't think the whole run! I did a 'there and back' run and decided to reset at the turn-around point, take a breather, ponder life and then start again.
The weather was also the worst sort of overcast drizzle...
I love the Deer's quizzical expressions as I run past. The Fawns watched me coming, were about to bolt like they usually do but then shared a 'nah, by the look of you we could outrun you by simple walking away' look between themselves and went back to nibbling. Rude.
I also had the most applicable soundtrack ever - at the highpoint of the run, adrenaline rushing, bounding from rock to rock like the afore mentioned deer and 'Don't stop believing' by Journey was playing, followed immediately by exhaustion, lead legs and then 'Turn around, every now and then...' by Bonnie Tylor - I kid you not.
Ugh - what a negative post I am writing. Let me start again....
So, hey, I did a 5K! Woo hoo :-).