My penultimate week is done.
In the words of the great Victor Meldrew ''I don't bloody believe it!''
I set off on Saturday morning with a plan, and that was to have the most relaxing run a 28 minute run can possibly be. I took Dreams79’s recommendation of the ‘Morning Run with Headspace’ guided run by Nike. It was a balmy 19 degrees outside and the run around my usual lap was tough but thoroughly enjoyable. Towards the end or the run I started to get the slight pangs in my right calf and knee that I've had issues with since the very beginning, I've been promising myself a gait analysis and some new trainers for some time now... so I finally got round to doing it on Sunday …and boy, I’m glad that I did! Fist bump goes out to Dreams79 for the Headspace recommendation 👊
Monday evening came along because life had gotten in the way, so a rare evening run was on the cards for me. Time to test out my spanking new trainers for the first time… Damn! they felt sooooo good! I wish I’d bought them sooner, an absolute dream to run in.
I fancied another chilled out run after a tough start to the week at work. But WOW! It’s so much busier in the evening! People getting dropped off after work… RIGHT WHERE I’M RUNNING… People driving their cars ...IN MY ROAD when I want to cross it, HONESTLY! the cheek of it. To top it all off there were a bunch of chavs loitering in the local car park, I had my torch and was glowing like a beacon so out came the sarky hollers “Piiiiick up the paaaace a bit maaaate!" On of them shouted in his best Pompey accent “Eeeeezzzz goin’ backwards innee?!” and on it went... until I vanished into the darkness. I smiled a wry smile to myself, they were a living embodiment of the gremlins that we all occasionally meet when we’re out on our runs …better luck next time you pesky gremlins.
28 minutes was up, and I was puffed out, but no leg pain! - those shoes were looking like a very good investment.
On this run I tried out some long compression socks that looked suspiciously like... stockings! I’ve convinced myself when looking in the mirror they look more like football socks... Yeah... they look exactly like football socks... that's exactly what they look like. This allowed me to confidently leave the house without feeling like a complete tit.
8 minutes into my run then it all went a bit pear shaped, my phone had some sort of melt down and switched itself off completely, I faffed around for a bit mid-run but then thought there’s NO WAY I’m stopping now... I thought back to someone on here called ‘SubterraneanAlien’ she runs with no Music and says it’s quite meditative and mindful. I knew roughly what time I started so thought sod it... I’ll just run and time myself on my watch - It wasn’t as bad as I’d imagined it to be actually, just me and my slightly creepy loud breathing! the compression socks also felt really good, 28-30 minutes done ✅ and actually no music was surprisingly refreshing. Fist bump goes out to SubterraneanAlien ￼for getting me to run with no music 👊
Right then... the home straight, week 9 starts tomorrow morning!!!
Happy running everyone, hope you're all having a good week x