Today was my w9 r2 outing and I had to do an errand the other direction from my usual park. Right until the last possible moment I couldn't decide to stick to what I knew or try a new park and route. I went for the new park as it's full of trees and trails and I thought the change might do me good.
First up, I DID complete the run but I wanted to do a better pace and longer distance. Except that I chose the Mount Everest of runs (I exaggerate, but to someone of my fitness and run stature, it may as well have been).
I went up two hills, still running, not stopping, but sweating profusely, so when faced with a third I turned round and went for a descent. The remainder of the run was ....sweaty. I had worn a scarf and that was now wet so I took it off then didn't really know what to do with it, ran with it flailing about, affecting my aerodynamic profile (ha ha)
Why didn't I just stay on my wee route that I know....
I had aimed to try and run an extra five minutes today, just to see if I could, for potential parkrun purposes, but I couldn't, I was too hot. All muscles are fine but now after a hot shower my muscles feel ...stretched (in a good way), around the glutes.
My feedback to any W8-ers is not to change routes to radically different parks in week 9. I'll go back to my gentle incline the next flat route for my graduation run!
Re a Christmas Eve parkrun.....as my pace is around 11mins a km, I don't think I am there yet. I have checked the finish times of the one I have registered for, but the slowest times this weekend were around the 40-45 min mark. I can't bear the humiliating thought of being ten mins after them!