Final run today and I had planned to take it easy and enjoy myself now I have the 5K under my belt. After a couple of minutes my route began to climb and I felt myself flagging. Then it got steeper and I realised I just wasn't going to make it, which was a shame on my last run! So after about 5 minutes total I stopped and walked, starting the full 30 minutes run again on more appropriate (for me) terrain.
I ran through the Hermitage, a place I used to go to with my kids, now with my grandson and walking with friends. There was a slight drizzle and I felt great! Bothered by a dog and stopping to shout at it's owners put me off my stride and I slowed right down as I decided whether to risk another encounter with them on the return or to continue the loop on the road.
I took the road and sped up, finding as usual that the second 15 minutes was much easier than the first. My run ended with three circuits of the duck pond - amazing to think that now I can do these after running so far! Mapping my run when I got home it came to 5K!
Not sure where to go next, whether to run for longer or to stay with the 30 minutes and increase my speed. Or to learn to run uphill! Whatever I choose, it's been great to relearn how to run in my sixties!
I'm so glad I did this! Thanks so much to my lovely daughter for the encouragement and the shoes, to my friends for their support and to you guys for helping me along the way and sharing your experiences. Enjoy your runs and the fitness you gain from them.