After Monday's run 1 I felt deflated, I wasn't feeling that high at all. I usually do run 2 on a Wednesday but due to various reasons I wasn't free to go out until 9pm and by that time I was starving and tea was almost ready. I have to work from home today due to my son being not 100% (I like to be close to his nursery if he has any sign of his asthma playing up as the office is 30 miles away), so I promised I would use my lunch break wisely and go for run 2. Due to my inquisitive nature, I knew exactly what today's run was about. I do limit myself to only looking ahead to the runs in the current week I am in. But I like being prepared.
I think being prepared helps me, so I have time to get over the initial "no way can I do that" moment. When I set off today, I knew that I could do it. And that first 8 minute run was pretty easy. I did change my route today so that there was very little in terms on steep incline, but it did mean that almost all of the second 8 minute run was uphill, with the majority of it gentle. I could really feel it burning my legs. It felt a little long having to wait 4 minutes for MJ to speak to me. I decided to only look a few feet in front of me. I wanted to keep my posture without seeing the long uphill ahead of me. When you start that incline, the steep bit is at the start and even when you get past that you can't see the end of the road until about half way up it. It did work, and I got there. I feel that high today! Although thinking ahead to run 3, I still don't know whether I prefer the uphill in the first half or the second.
During the 5 minute recovery walk in the middle, I did come across 3 people walking who were getting to a crossing point of a guided busway the same time as me. I have no idea if my new running shoes sound a silent as clouds as much as they feels like clouds, but they had zero idea I was there and they casually all crossed my path and I had to sharply adjust myself which has twinged my knee slightly. They looked like a family of 2 parents with a grown up daughter, the guy looked at me all confused. Maybe he couldn't fathom why I was wearing amazing running gear but walking! But I focussed on the music and carried on regardless.