Just had a lovely 2 weeks in France (just outside Limoges) and wanted to share with people my post grad runs. It's now been 4 weeks since I graduated and I decided that for mt PG runs I really just wanted to 'enjoy' the run and not be too focused on time or distance. What I was really looking forward to was 2 weeks of runs whilst on me jollies.
My first 2 weeks running in Blighty were pretty good. PG Week 1 was 3 runs. The first 2 were around 5k and the with the last one I thought 'lets see if I run a bit further?' Well I could - 6k!! The feeling of chuffedness soon left me when I realised that that was too far (and too fast) and the next day I ached in a couple of places that I never appreciated would ache due to running (note to self - still need to investigate more supportive runner's underwear!!!!).
This affected the next weeks runs which definitely were a little slower but I still aimed for 5k and did it for all 3 of the runs.
Week 3 and we were in France - this is the great bit (and a little sad) but I actually Googled where we going and had a look what available routes there were - it looked great - there was a river to run long loads of quaint streets - even green lanes through forests etc - I couldn't wait.
When we got there - I realised I should have bought my mountaineering gear (not that I've got any) rather than running gear. It was ridiculously hilly/mountainous. Anyway I'm a runner now and we need to get on and JFDI. The first run - 10mins in and I was knackered - also although I went out early (around 9am) the temperature there was stupid hot. I needed to find a flatter route and get out even earlier.
For the next runs I'd seen that down in the village there was a nice route along the main route through and I decided that was the route for me. So the next run saw me getting down to the village for about 6:45 (!!!!!! - I'm on holiday!!!!!) and setting off. The temperature at that time was great, the sun hadn't risen above the mountains and the run was glorious. A nice cheeky 5k to start the day off.
By the second week - I'd forgotten about the aches of the first PG week and thought I'd have a crack at 6k again. Managed this although the extra time taken meant that the sun was now coming up over the mountains before I had finished and it was a difficult last 5 mins. The final run of the holiday was a 40 minute run and (get this) 6.47k. Sweat was dripping off me like a rung out flannel, but I felt great!!.
One thing I have realised thought is that I have to have a circular run. The runs in France were a run one way, turn around a run back - jeez that was awful. I've now idea what this means psychologically - but I hate, Hate, HATE a straight run. I even have to do a circular route when I'm walking the dog. If there are any armchair psychologists out there with and idea what this means..............
So, the purpose of this post - nothing really other than:
# Genuinely, I was like everyone else starting this program - I found each week difficult in its own way and definitely couldn't run 60s to start with.
# I'm now referring to a 5k run as my normal run - insane!
# I drive past footpaths and think to myself - 'I wonder what its like to run down there'
# Anyone who can advise on supportive underwear will be my new BFF!
# Oh - I've decided that B210K is the one for me!!
All the best