My first full run in the rain. I've been lucky so far and had dry runs, so to speak, since I started. I found it quite relaxing with the rain falling having donned my bright pink kagool. No hiding today with that on!
2 x 8 minute runs following the reverse route I did for R1 this week. Meaning I had to tackle the slight incline again. Slow and steady I went, trying to be good and do as I was told 2 other trotters came from the other direction and a friendly 'Hello' was given by all parties. Are we all mad I thought? Doesn't matter if we are we were all smiling so it cannot be that bad. Towards the end of the first 8 minute run I got to the top of the incline and thankfully it flattened out. There was about 2 minutes left to go and once again I found that my breathing started to recover slightly from the hill as I continued on. First run done 'Yay'.
Nice walk to fully catch my breath and then it was time to head off again at Laura's request. 'Nice hedge', 'Nice car', 'oo look lovely fuchsia bush, bet that looks pretty in the summer' diversionary tactics at play to stop me thinking about what I'm doing. It seemed to work the second run went pretty well, over half way into it and I was thinking that I could just keep going on and on like this. Then into the last minute and lead legs appeared. Keep going, keep going, almost done don't give up now. Finally Laura let me walk once more and it was over. OMG I managed it and to think only 5 weeks ago I just about managed to keep going for 1 minute.
I have a mix of feelings for the third and final run this week. No getting away from it, it's a big one! On one hand I am excited to think that this might actually be possible, and I will truly be walking on air should I get there. On the other hand 20 minutes?! really? I so needed that 5 minute walk in between the runs today. Deep breath, oxygen ready for when I get home Thursday. Let's get it on!