So, at the end of week 7, seeing as I'm now getting serious with my running, I thought new shoes were the order of the day.
When I started w8r1 I must have run too fast when I met Julie for the first time as I became engrossed in the track and totally forgot about my speed. I ended up going too fast (judging by Strava) and had to do the 28 minutes in a couple of intervals. Dejected I thought I'd never get to graduate but I persevered and was very pleased to complete week 8 last week even after repeating just run 1 (it really does seem to be psychological with me when running longer for the first time).
Today was week 9 run 1 and was my first time out this week as I decided to avoid the wind and rain and stay indoors. I'm glad I did as you could see the tracks of the water that had run down the path. Thankfully it hadn't flooded so I was able to go all the way without the need to find another route. I managed to run 30 minutes for the first time with a distance of 2.7 miles (4.3 km). I was doing what now appears to be my usual route by our local airport and was going well. I was around the 20 minute mark when I saw Kent Surrey and Sussex air ambulance helicopter (100 miles away from the counties) slowly spinning its rotor blades. Unfortunately I listened to a gremlin who told me to stop and watch the helicopter take off (but it was so close). In the cockpit you could see the pilots doing their pre flight checks but they were taking so long that I resumed Laura after pausing her and carried on to hear the blades of the helicopter spinning faster so once again I stopped to look. The pilots were taking forever again so I carried on running with Laura (who must have been fed up with me constantly stopping her). I never did see the helicopter take off but the smell of aviation fuel was lovely! I know it's pollution but it takes me back to when I was growing up in a village on the door step of Gatwick airport, opening the front door and smelling the aviation fuel first thing in the morning.
The rest of the run was successful and I ran for 30 minutes albeit in a couple of intervals. Graduation is getting very close, onwards and upwards!