Having graduated a while ago I did say I'd start pushing now towards 5k and towards running more often. More often isn't *quite* happening yet but I did do a midweek 6am run which I was happy with (despite the catcalling incident).
Today I pushed to 4.6K, so small increments still (only 200 m more than last week's longer run). I tested out a route which involved a few road crossings, and some were quite busy so it got a bit stop-starty, but can't be helped.
The silliest encounter with a driver though was on a quiet residential street, a car driving towards me slowing down. I looked over to judge whether they were turning into a drive or parking on the road. I kept going at a steady pace. They had ground to a halt, no indicators ... and were quite far away so I thought if they were going into a driveway, they'd easily be able to go before I reached it... and then the longest 30 seconds passed by as I slowly jogged past and realised they'd been waiting for me ... starting a queue of traffic ... oh dear! Did I look like I was going fast enough for them to wait? The worst part is I checked my phone after looking at them for a while so it must have looked like I was just dawdling ... and I didn't thank them because I just didn't realise they were waiting to turn ... oh well!
Then I had to slip into the road to avoid a cloud of boys smoking (weed) and then ...oh, the hills (ok ... slopes) that I've not been on for a while. Oh, I'll have to do these more often, or I'll never do them! I was thrilled to feel that I could keep going after the last uphill though, which previously would have been the end of a run.
Anyway, work has been dreadful, so I will have to manage my time properly and hope to get in another run this week.
Onwards, upwards, downwards, and across many roads...