Seemed a long time since Mondays run, and felt refreshed as I started the first 8 minutes, too much so I think so started a little too fast.
Quickly slowed it down as the long slight hill started to push back. Was pretty amazed to see that the 8 minutes took up nearly the full stretch of road before Laura told me to slow down to a walk just before the hill. Managed to still walk briskly up the hill to the 1 mile marker before setting off back.
Probably been said a million times on here, but funny how the mind works. When Laura said just 4 minutes left on the last run, I almost thought wow a sprint finish! a few weeks ago I would have winced a little at running for 4 minutes straight.
With about 90 seconds left, small disaster when the laces in my left trainer totally untied. Thought they were pretty well tight and normally do a double knot, but I'll blame the extra running, and early morning eyes for that one! For a few seconds convinced my self I could do a crazy run and avoid a slip, but in the end stopped for 5 seconds to quickly tie before finishing the last stretch. Figured having a fall is really not worth it at this point.
Annoying but I'll give myself a pass for this one, pretty sure I would have managed it fine without the slight malfunction. A warning for Friday to double knot and double check too, would have been a lot more annoyed had it been the last 90 seconds of my first 20 straight!
So Friday is a real test. I know for certain the 20 minutes will take me up the hill at the end, but hopefully if I pace myself in sections and keep the rewarding downhill in mind I can push on through it. A couple of times today felt like I could have started with a slight stitch (haven't had one yet) but slowed down a little and feel like I'm learning to recover whilst still running. Something I'll definitely have to try to do on Friday!
(PS) Forgot, about half way through the second run, passed an elder gent at the bus stop who smiled, actually managed to say morning as I jogged past! Small thing, but a few weeks ago I think even attempting to talk would have thrown me completely off