Hello my virtual running buddies, both those who are running virtually and those who are virtually running
Well today did not go entirely to plan... seemingly a couple of weeks after I was using weather as an excuse not to run, here I am again nearly using weather as an excuse to run. Long story, but I'll abbreviate it: I intended to go out about 8:30 this morning, before it got too hot, since the British weather has decided that this weekend is "summer". I got a phone call from work, something about "the internet" having gone down, and none of the warehouse staff could do any work. What, the entire internet, I said? To cut a long story short, our hosting provider was having a bad day, it was all working again by about half ten, so off I went.
Out into the bright sunshine.
Back inside, forgot my sunglasses!
Out into the hot sun.
Back inside, I probably need sunscreen!
Finally... back out for my first of the Couch to 5K+ podcasts, the "Stepping Stone" one.
No dramas to report really... I really enjoyed having the proper running music, once I managed to convince my legs that they wanted to go at the same pace as the music. I did want to shake Laura warmly by the throat at several points, for the whole "1-2-3-4" thing, yes Laura, I can count, thank you very much. Of course, Laura is lovely and a true inspiration, and I am usually grumpy, especially after my lovely run was delayed by the wrong sort of IT.
The pace changes were great actually. The tempo of the music was only changing by a small amount, almost imperceptible, but I was definitely running faster by the end, but at a speed I felt I could sustain. The music just helped me keep my pace, and not rush ahead or fall back.
I forgive Laura for trying to teach me to count again, and as an olive branch, I will do it all again in a day or two
Oh - and if I look hot, well, trust me, there's nothing attractive about arriving back drenched in a mix of sweat and sun screen. Not that sort of "hot" I'm afraid