Morning virtual running buddies
I've just come back from my first week 8 run, around Buckshaw village again. Those very gentle, almost imperceptible hills are a killer, but fortunately the route I take means I hit the inclines first, so the latter part is flat or downhill slightly.
'tis a funny thing though, when Jo said I'd done 5 minutes, i felt like I had been running for at least 15. By 10 minutes, I was half way round. I took it nice and steady, so I didn't exhaust myself in the first part. My knee felt (and still does feel) fine, and I was enjoying watching the sky turn lighter as I ran, up the remaining small incline, past a few people sleepily stumbling out of their front doors on their way to work, round onto the main road, near the curious "Green Man" sculpture. Before i knew it 14 minutes was up and there was the half-way bell. Seconds out, round 2!
Now I had a challenge, I was half way through my time, and at least 3/4 of the way round Buckshaw. I ended up turning off and doing an extra loop around Tesco's, then as before, ran back towards work, and ended up finishing the running segment round Aldi's car park. Then the short warm down walk to finish. A shower would have been nice, but we don't have one at work, so I had to settle with a good wash in the tiny sink in the bathroom.
And the best part about it? I feel great, and I've recovered quickly. I must be getting less unfit by now.
But there we are. First run of week 8: done! 5 more left in the programme... I can't believe it. If you'd told me at the start of the programme I'd be running for 28 minutes solid I would have laughed in disbelief.
So the plan is, hopefully, R2 on Friday, R3 on Sunday, then on to week 9!
As always, thank you all for your support. I'm off to do some work now... doctors later as well, about my knee, though it does seem to have fixed itself, but it doesn't hurt to have it checked I guess.
Have a lovely day