"You've just finished work. Can't we go home first? You've had less than 5 hours of sleep, you'll be too tired! PLEASE can we go home and rest for a few minutes first?" were some of the things I heard as I attempted to stuff Goblin Cecelia into the glove compartment of my car so that I could do my final run of the week.
As some of you pointed out in my last post, if Sarah Millican telling me that I had to run for 8 minutes twice almost made me fall over, then the announcement that this session was 20 minutes, no breaks and no recovery walks, almost put me into a full blown panic, and I'm pretty certain I heard a small 'thud!' on the path behind me as Cecelia, who somehow managed to get out of the glove compartment and follow me, fell over in a faint.
I tried some positivity: "20 minutes?...does that mean Sarah won't interrupt my music telling me how much longer I've got? That's cool, I can live with that" and I like to think I did quite well, though had to slow down a bit once or twice to take some deep breaths as, unbelievably, for the first time in 5 weeks, I got a stitch (I put this down as the result as lugging around of some heavy bags at work rather the run though) I was very surprised at myself for being able to run for more than 5 minutes without stopping, small tip: I found it was easier if I thought of it in groups of 5, 'first 5 minutes done, second 5 minutes done, etc'
I used the cool down walk to do a quick bit of shopping. Beloved Hubby-To-Be has come on a healthy eating regime with me and started helping me to our evening meals so I went and picked up something we can cook together (a nice healthy beef stir-fry is on the menu for tonight) and I picked up a treat for him as I've heard nothing all weekend but small mournful sighs of: 'I really want some cake' 'I wish we could have cake' thus I picked up some Weight Watcher Salted Caramel and Chocolate Torts, just to help with his cake cravings.
OK, now some serious stuff, if you're a regular reader of my posts you'll know Mam and I are committed to doing the Rainbow Run 5k which raises money for Ty Hafan, the Wales Children's Hospice and involves running a 5k whilst people throw different coloured paint at you every 1K. We've set up a just giving page and, with permission from the Admin (Thank you UliUli for getting back to me) I'm going to post the link here.
It's a proven fact that generosity makes you a happier person, so if you're generous enough to want to throw the loose change you found down the side of your sofa our way, we thank you as every little helps to raise funds for this very worthy cause