Been unable to get out for the last 4 days 😡 but this morning I logged on here for my usual dose of inspiration and in 22 degrees heat in full sunshine, I got those running shoes out and set off.
Great first 10 minutes - steady pace, enjoying the views, felt comfortable on the downward run. Then around the corner into the long stretch on a slight incline - less easy here, calves not too bad today (still achy) but just felt generally tired. Passed a young fit runner who waved and smiled encouragingly at me ( I always straighten my back when I see another runner approaching - trying to pretend I know what I'm doing😂😂).
Voices in my ears from Laura and MMR updating me on progress kept me going and although I am not getting at all fixated on speed was encouraged to hear I was going a little faster more consistently. Maybe after 7 weeks, I am getting a bit fitter after all?
Now really feeling it and my brain said stop but my legs just kept on going - one after the other after the other - hard work at this stage......
And then another turn and along my favourite bit along a stream and under the trees in the cool shade on a flat which lifted my spirits and then the BIG hill arose before me, resplendent in full sun! I have run all the way up this twice before and although on a couple of occasions I slowed right down I made it up to the top again today - hurrah!
Back into the shade and a downwards track and then back onto the level.
Laura then asked me if I wanted to finish on a high and I thought why not? So for the last minute I straightened by back, lifted my head and upped my pace and gave it all I had and before I knew it she said stop 😀 - WOW! I was actually laughing when I finished - well through all my puffing anyway......
Onwards and upwards - going to try for the next one Sunday morning
Happy days 😀