Gosh, I've been busy lately! (Too busy to even post about it on here!) However, that didn't stop me getting out yesterday and successfully completing my very first run of week 9. My final C25K week!
I don't know if anybody heard about the severe winds that hit parts of Staffordshire yesterday, but I found out...I was exactly half way around my run when it started raining, and then from out of nowhere the wind picked up and in an instant it was gale force, blowing *all* the remaining leaves off all the trees around me! These leaves were travelling horizontally (like the rain was). Even though it made it tougher, I'm actually glad I was running into the direction of the wind, because I reckon it would have blown me over if it was coming at me sideways! At one point, I ran past a load of workmen digging up a road (Mercian Way) and half of their barriers got blown right into the road and they were struggling to retrieve them all! As soon as I got past the workmen and crossed over the road they were working on I was a little sheltered by all the houses, so the wind died down a bit for me then. If I was just on a walk, I would've taken some photos. But as I was running, and my mobile was inside my pocket anyway, I didn't bother.
After my last run, I made a conscious effort to go slower at the beginning of this run and I must say it really did help, because although the run wasn't dead easy, I didn't find it as tough as my previous few runs. In fact, I even upped the pace a bit towards the end, as by then I was into a nice slow and steady rhythm.
As you can see from my running log, I managed to run 3.63km on this run which is the most I've done so far. But then again, I have gone 2 minutes longer than before as well.
So, that's another one down and I now only have two more to go. Who would've believed it? Not me, that's for sure!