Hey there fellow runnerbeans!
You know, I’ve been really looking forward to running this morning, and the conditions seemed perfect. Goldilocks weather I guess you could say, not too hot, not too cold, though parts of the towpath were a little bit like running through porridge
Anyway I put on the week 9 podcast from Laura just to have a bit of encouragement, and I also upgraded my subscription to the Pacer app I use so that I could get time per km spoken in my ear.
So I headed off down the canal towpath from High Lane in the direction of Marple. Past an old hall, burnt out many years ago, but now restored to posh flats. Normally I’m tiring by this point, but I kept going at the same speed, as I felt fine. Pacer told me I was running at 7.01 minutes/km which is a good steady speed for me.
I kept going, further on now, doing hopscotch over the puddles! This bit of the towpath wasn’t great. In the distance I can see Goyt mill, my target as I’ve never got that far on a run. Speed now 6.94m/k apparently. Under the main road, past the golf club, more puddles.
Now the path gets better and wider for a short while, as I approach the mill. 15 minutes and 2.3k. The path is now a quagmire so I turn round and run back.
More time checks, still around 7m/km.
To cut a long story short I was at about 4.3km I think, after the 30 minutes, so I kept going to 5k, finishing in about 35 minutes, which is a personal best. I feel brilliant! And to think, a year ago I would not have been able to run for a minute. This programme really works
Happy running, everyone!