In Manchester for a few days with Dad. Took the running kit. Have mentioned the programme, but not dwelt on it. Suppose I wanted to surprise him? Anyway, set off yesterday morning. It was already warm,but I managed to find some pavements with a bit of shade. Having spent time. Compiling New Playlists 1, 2 and three from your lovely suggestions recently, I was slightly dismayed to find I had left the IPod at home. Never mind, off I went. Was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually enjoyed this au natural approach. No feeling ok I am on this track, so have done X mins. Plus able to take in all those lovely northern greetings ("good for you, luv") etc which I really did get (especially from the dog walkers). I felt energised for the first time and less winded. Had to keep jogging on the spot while waving Fitbit in the shade to see how long and how far after what felt like a good while, but realised I could keep going. I did it. 5K in 34 mins. Ok, have exceeded the plus 10% rule, but think lots of people do that. And, technically have done 5K once, but that was on treadmill and I only count the landmark runs when they are outside. When I got back, I was pleased as punch to be able to tell my Dad that I had done 5K. He was obviously v pleased (we went to pick up his friend later, and the first thing he said was "our Susan's run 5K this morning). After talk about stretches, he asked me whether I wanted to push on to 10 K. I said no, not yet. Mind you, as I was running along, I was flocking the banners for the Bury 10 K next month. Maybe...... Sometime....... But, for now, just happy days!
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