Hello lovely runners,
I've not posted for a little bit, so I thought I should probably post a bit of a progress update.
Don't worry, I am still running! Not quite as much as I'd like, but I'm still getting out there. My main issues in the past couple of weeks has been time and weather, meaning that I struggle to fit runs in when it's not pelting it down, I'm not knackered, or at work, or trying unsuccessfully to build a shed, or something. However, I'm determined to keep this up.
Let me just state for the record: I am, and may well always be a fair-weather runner. I do not enjoy running in the rain, the wind, or the dark. I could pretend it's otherwise, but in order to succeed, I need to be honest with where I'm at, I think.
This weekend just gone, for example, I had my kids with me, so didn't want to leave them for too long, plus one of them was a little under the weather, so I just went out for a short run, again, about 20 minutes, but it felt really good. I was slow and steady, but no knee pain whatsoever, and it just felt fantastic to be out there, in between rain showers.
I've kind-of given up on the canal towpath for now, given it's bog-like condition at the moment, and decided to focus on being a roadrunner - meep meep! Oh, sorry, road <space> runner. Apart from the odd dodgy paving slab, it's a much more even, less knee-destroying surface. The trouble is, unlike canals, which tend not to flow up hill, the roads near where I am are quite hilly, so unless I want to run round the same few short roads, I do, at some point, need to tackle the dreaded hill. So I did - gently. I picked a route which took me up a gentle hill, which was fine. I felt it a bit in my legs, but it's all good.
I do still need to hit 5k, but I honestly am not bothered about it, I'm just happy that I'm still running, because for me the goal of C25K was fitness.
So - that's about all for now, I'll keep you folks posted. Take care and happy running!