Glorious sunshine, plus a bit of frost first thing: great day for our first public 5k.
Daughter dropped me off early enough to be able to walk the dogs and let them have a pee and a poo, as well as walk briskly enough after for me warm up.
I didn't use the app, so no voices in my head, but I did set a timer on my phone for 20 minutes, so I could jog then see how I felt.
I felt great during those 20 minutes. The leaves were crisp under foot, the sun was shining, it was actually pretty warm in the sunshine, a couple of the other runners and I even managed a bit of conversation as we ran through the woods. I *cough* was quicker than a few people...
Thr alarm went off, and I fell over as the beagle chose that exact moment to stop for a wee! A pair of runners close behind slowed down and checked I was okay, which yes, fine
Maybe a minute into my 5 minute walk I saw the 3k marker. Joy! Also: Wow, really???
We were definitely heading down hill now, albeit on a very shallow gradient so when my 5 mins was up, off I jogged again. Both dogs were definitely on board with this idea.
The finish line was in earshot and we were still running. Had to slow down to negotiate the sudden, steep, short path that took us to the last couple of hundred yards.
SPRINTED* to the finish.
*We got faster, that totally counts as a sprint in my book.