Our family have been doing our running along woodland pathways, but part of our family is away saving badgers (my turn again next week..) so I don't have the car to get to the woods, so the kids and I walked to the nearest park and did circuits of one of the open spaces.
The boys set off at their usual blistering pace and found it no problem to run 8 minutes at a time, tho they were asking if we were nearly at the end of the run once or twice as they don't listen to the podcasts.
My daughter did the first run ok, which was amazing considering she was considering giving up before W5R1 and also because she was running without the podcast as her MP3 was lost and the replacement one we managed to find had lost its charge and wouldn't work. I offered her mine but she wouldn't take it, then we tried running with an earpiece in each but it wasn't long enough so it was definitely a bit more difficult for her today. Early in the second run she asked me if she could stop and I said of course she could if she wanted to, but then she kept going and I took her hand and we ran holding hands for the whole rest of the run and she did brilliantly.
I was so proud of her but although she says she is proud of herself she then starts criticising herself for having wanted to stop and passes the credit on to me for encouraging her and urging her on, which I keep saying just isn't right- SHE is doing this, it's hER legs doing the running, it is hER that is digging deep and managing to finish it even tho she felt like stopping.
I reiterated after that she can stop if she wants to but she says she would like to have a go at W5R3 on Friday when our other runner will be back from the cull zones and we will all be together again.
I didn't find it especially easy but I enjoyed the flatness and short grass of the park as some of the woodland path we take is uphill which sometimes comes at the wrong moment, although there was less shade today which made us feel very hot.