Knee niggles and my recent holiday to Krakow with Cherie Pie meant that I haven't run for over two weeks, so I wasn't sure how my run would be today.
We walked a lot but also ate out every night, a 3 course meal and drinks for two being £20-40 so I ate large steak dinners and piled on the puddings!
I decided to use my treadmill as it's easier on the knees and the poor thing has been neglected recently.
So I started the usual 5 minute warm up and then put it on 5.2 to 5.5 mph and 2 incline, covered the clock and put my music on. The plan was to run for 8 songs which is around 35 minutes and if I still felt ok then run for a couple more.
No gremlins for the first ten minutes surprisingly, but then at the 3 and a bit song mark just over half way I was really struggling and for the first time considered either walking or stopping.
I resisted the urge to look at the clock as I knew it would be demoralising and made myself run on but finally gave in and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was on 38 minutes including the warm up so I carried on for the last couple of minutes.
I didn't find it easy at all today but at least I didn't quit when I wanted to and managed to finish.
Only one more run to graduation, which strangely should be more exciting? I found that before the holiday I was almost obsessively checking the boards every day to see how other people were doing on their journeys, sending them good wishes and now that I'm nearly there it doesn't personally seem that special.
Perhaps it's the time off from running which has made it almost mundane, after all I've been running over 30 minutes for a few weeks so it's just one more run.
I also understand that this is an amazing accomplishment for all of us, and don't want to belittle the struggles and ever so hard work people put in to finally run for half an hour three times on the last week and the sense of accomplishment, wonder and joy when completing the final run.
For some reason I feel strangely guilty that I will soon be posting my graduation run and getting lots of happy replies...