I decided today, that instead of using the Week 9 Podcast, as I have completed three postgraduate runs, I would move on to Stepping Stone to se if that would help me improve my time. I realised that all would not be right as I set off to the new music for the warm up walk, with Laura shouting the pace 1... 2... 3... 4.... I just didn't seem to be able to get with the pace of the music, and as a singer, I didn't think it was my sense of rhythm that was awry. In fact it was the fact that my usual "brisk walk" is normally faster than the pace of the music, and my feet were struggling to keep back.
Anyway I plodded on around the park thinking that things would improve with the run. The first five minutes again had me struggling to keep with the music, and I had to think hard to keep in time. This continued through the next couple of tracks until I decided that I would either fall over my own feet or need to keep to my own pace.
I decided on the latter course of action and soon settled into a much more comfortable rhythm. I've no idea what pace I run at, but Laura, your Stepping Stones need to keep up with me, not the other way round.
I finished the run in a fairly decent time, but the first couple of km were slower than my usual time. However there was one benefit to the slower pace of running, which was that I was able to make a mental note of some of the beautiful greenery and foliage around the park: look to the left in the hedgerow, some holly with berries that the birds haven't scoffed yet; miss tripping over some large pine cones; ivy with buds on against a tree; variegated ivy draping over a fence. It all looked beautiful and very seasonal.
It didn't take me long, after my cool down and shower to head back out again with secateurs in one hand and large bag in the other. The fruits of my labours have now been festooned around my house giving it a real festive look. My house has definitely been decked with boughs of holly, and I'm now in the Christmas spirit well and truly.
🎄🎶It's the most wonderful time of the year!🎶🎄