W6R2...third time lucky! 😄
When I woke up this morning I was already mentally preparing my post along the lines of "why is this one eluding me...what am I doing wrong...maybe I'm not meant to be a runner, after all?" . But then "Get a grip, girl. Banish the negativity and let's go get this!"
Slightly delayed start, due to a "mum-I've-missed-the-train-please-take-me-to-college-so-I'm-not-late-on-my-first-day" phone call, but an hour later and I'm back on track!
It wasn't easy, and hurt in a heart-thumping, lung-busting, leg-aching (but thankfully not injury) kind of way. But I kept all of your wise words in my head ... Slow and steady ... kiss the ground ... head up, shoulders relaxed ...sustainable pace ...keep running, keep smiling. My sustainable pace seems to be Mrs Slow of Slowsville on Celebration of Slowness Day, but that'll do! I passed Laura's final 5 minute call, where I'd had to stop on my previous attempt and thought "I think I can do this...". When the final whistle blew, I broke into a huge grin, gave an audible "YES!" and even ran on for a few more paces, just to prove to myself that I had done it! I think my smile was wider today than after W5R3! Don't know why it worked today -maybe it was due to better hydration yesterday, maybe it was my protein smoothie before going out today, maybe it was sheer bloody-mindedness - probably a combination of all 3!
Celebrating now with a smoked salmon and poached egg on toast brunch (get me!) before getting back to normality!
Just a quick question. My calves always feel like bricks when I run. I do the dynamic warm up routine, the static cool down stretch and I walk on most rest days. I've also started following the S&F programme. Any other tips for my poor pins? Ta!
Cheers all, happy Thursday! 😄