So the yucky cold finally left me (actually it went fairly quickly) but I’d missed two runs as a consequence. I was actually looking forward to getting out there again but found it a bit hard going. It was really blustery, not quite to the ‘take your breath away’ point but close and it was oncoming for most of the way so the first 1k was slow.
By about the 10 minute mark I was willing Laura to tell me that I was at the halfway point but it never seemed to happen, I kept running, if I stopped I wouldn’t have started again. Finally the halfway point did come and I was so far along my route that I decided to take the circular option rather than turn back.
By kilometre 3/4 I could see in the distance a man coming towards me but it was weird as I wasn’t getting any closer, I finally worked out that happily he was walking away from me and I was even happier when it occurred to me that at least I was running faster than he was walking.
The last stretch was really tough, I normally have enough energy in the bank for a bit of a speed spurt at the end but definitely not today, I was just really glad to have finished and that I wasn’t lying at the side of the road collapsed as I had envisaged.
Looking back now at my stats, the last km was decently fast (for me) so it wasn’t too bad a run especially considering the cold I’d had. I don’t think I’m going to complete the programme at 5k in 30 mins but considering where I was when I started I do consider this progress!