So she who must be obeyed doesn't run hmmm
Well for some weeks in between runs I've been doing power walking with her (I'm the pace maker) and these walks have been done with little runs added in as we're going (sounds familiar) and strangely enough the runs have got a little longer as we've gone (hmmmm) and a couple of weks back I entered us for the virtual poppy run (but I can't run) and don't worry we can power walk!
So today we did our poppy run, we stood in the car park by Ogston reservoir at 11.00 and observed the 2 minute silence thinking of those lost and then off we set.
We walked briskly to start and she said when your ready we'll have a little run so off we set (We'll just run to the end of the res), nice and steady I said lets keep it slow so we did,.
We hit the end of the 1st k just before the end of the reservoir, I asked you ok and yes was the answer so lets run on to the church and onwards we went (passed a few walkers and got cheery hellos), bit of an incline up to the church but we powered up it quite nicely.
Got to the church and the next section of about 1 k is all up hill into the village of brackenfield and alongside the green, shall we keep going or do you want to walk yet, I'm ok so on we went, shorten your stride a bit and we'll be ok and that's what we did though the last 3rd was hard work for her but by this time she could see the turn point which then took us down hill so even though I could see it was tough we kept on, well we turned that corner and set off down the other side of the green and I could sense the relief.
The next 1.5 k meandered down hill so we kept going (she really had that c25k glow on by now) and just opened our stride out a little to take advantage of the downward slope and then came a short incline back up to the church , I asked "you ok" and got a nod so on we went, ( I was giving lots of encouragement ) and shortened our stride a bit again and slowly the church drew nearer which was again the turning point back to the res.
We rounded the bend and we'd got a little jog in front of us to the reservoir and the final 1k back alongside the res to our starting point and still she kept going.
At 4'5k I gave her a heads up and I felt the pace increase just that little (she was tired) and then again I called the time at 4.9 and a smile spread across her face and It the 5k mark there was whoops of joy from the both of us (she doesn't run you know) and a little dance before we walked on back to the car park.
Immensely proud of her achievement today because she doesn't run you know, back at the car park we presented each other with our medals.
Poppy run success