I'm going out for tea with a friend after work tonight and realised after we had fixed it that today was a running day and I usually run straight after work. Oh no. Panic set in, do I have two days rest and throw my now established pattern of running alternate days ? Do I have a light meal and run just before bed instead? But I decided to get up early and run before work. Luckily I work flexitime so was able to do some preparation for today last night, which means I can start a wee bit later today and so not run and the crack of dawn.
So up at 630 it is, downed some water and donned my running clothes. Out into the mist with the sun trying to break through. Peaceful streets although the fact it's bin day means doing little dances around the wheelie bins on the narrow pavements. The mist is amazing, it's hiding everything. I am glad to be wearing bright fluorescent clothes so traffic can see me. Lots of spider webs on the plants and buildings and some strung like strings across the pavement, like invisible trip wires I had to break through! The village is stirring into life with people heading off to work, walking dogs, putting out the wheelie bins and starting a new day. For the first time I put my running time on Strava which means fiddling with the phone after the warm up walk and the challenge is trying to get it back in the pocket in the rear of my cropped trousers. The pocket is small and doing this at the start of the run is impossible and throwing me off so I end up shoving it down my bra. Very pretty looking chest I have ! The wires to my head phones then slide around too, annoying me , so I stuff those down my top too. Ah well, more minutes passed sorting that . Round the play park field which is deserted, and very wet. It must have rained heavily in the night and the grass is sodden. Within seconds my shoes are wet through and I have to schqelch my way through the rest of the run.
I continue ... Plod plod along the well familiar streets. Past the recycling point, church. The shop. And round by the new houses being built. They are coming on really well., bit like me with my running I think. We are both being transformed them from wasteland and me from couch potato . Phone nearly falls through my bra now as its wet from my sweat, so fish it out and somehow manage to get it in the pocket at the back of the trousers. Another wee distraction taking up time as I jog slowly. Up the lane by the stream avoiding the puddles and round to the the flattish games field to finish off and avoid any uphill roads. Mistake - this has long grass in need of cutting and of course it is soaking wet. Still "only" about eight minutes running to go here so round I go, feeling the water ooze out my shoes as I run and my feet feel getting heavy. The sun is breaking through now though and the mist is lifting and I can see the hills, and feel a bit of heat on my face and arms . Five minutes to go says Laura , phew I think, I am tired . Let's keep going round again and see how far I can get. Speed up for the last minute she says, oh no I say, need to get the phone out ready to stop but I will keep running...but no faster this time..
And finally she says stop. Well not really stop, just slow down to a brisk walk or a slow aching amble in my case. Perfectly timed today to be five minutes from home.. Check the phone. I've run for 24 mins 53 seconds ( presumably the other 7 were lost setting it up) and done 1.8miles. Not bad I think. Get home and convert that to km - it's less than 2.9 Km. feel slightly deflated. How on earth am I ever going to run for 5 km if I'm not even doing three now? Husband checks my stats as I gulp my water. "You're not very fast " he says .... " it's stamina not speed " I retort, hoping that I can build up to 5k soon as hubby has planned some routes for us to run together in France on our holiday next month assuming I can Run 5k by then..
Onward and upwards though , that's week seven now done , I have mastered 25 minutes running albeit slowly, and I must go to work now and calm my excitement at the thought of finally meeting Julie in week 8!
Happy running everyone!