W9R3 completed at 7.30am this morning.
Beach pic here for app users: healthunlocked.com/couchto5...
Up until now I've been running loops around my local streets, with the usual uneven roads and steep camber pavements. I've been coming close to my local beach, but resisting the ever increasing temptation to run it... I’ve saved the run along the beach path for today, graduation day. The path was laid out before me, wide, flat and not a single person in sight. My kids have grown up using this beach as their playground and I've always enviously watched the runners along the beach path pass us by... today was my turn.
I had my raucous punk rock mashup at the ready to drive me forward at the touch of a button. Laura gave me the nod and I set off on today's run with a spring in my step, and an ideal goal in mind: a 30 minute 5K. The last two runs had got me within a cat's whisker, so today was the day...
5K was going down.
'Hate to say I told you so’ by The Hives was the first track to get the blood pumping, it felt like it was going to be a good run. The first kilometre was over slightly early, so i eased back on the reins a fraction, found a steady pace and started to enjoy the views out to sea and the lights twinkling over on the Isle of Wight. Breathing was good, the path was perfect, and the Solent winds blew.
The only slight obstacle along this route was just before the second kilometre, a steep man made ramp up to a high platform and then down again the other side. I powered myself up it, fuelled by 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' by the Stooges blasting out of the headphones. At the top I had time to compose myself...phiew... then down the other slope... to a flat run up to the skate park. Just on from here marked the half way point 2.5k and arrived before the half way bell... things were looking good. A quick turn, then back over the hump and took in the sea views again whilst keeping the breathing deep, calm and under control.
The 4th kilometre came, this was it... time to slowly build the pace until the final track ‘Ace Of Spades’ by Motörhead thundered in, it was time... I sprinted to the finish with Lemmy's gravely voice pushing me to the end... waited for the 5k signal... double checked it was still there...! and hit the stop button. Then a slow slow jog for the remaining 28 seconds until the 30 minutes were up, so I could claim my all important graduate badge! 🏅
I'd recorded 5.01K in 29.32
(5K dead on was 29.25)
I feel so incredibly proud of being a part of this; Before 9 weeks ago I knew didily-squat about how to become a runner. The program is fantastic, but It has also been the advice I’ve gained by reading the goldmine of information on this forum, which has helped the most. Tips on technique, pace, hydration, running shoes, rest days, socks, apps, music, mindset…… sports bras…! I’ll read ‘em all! …If you do happen to be in the market for a good sports bra then I'd recommend splashing out on a ‘Shock Absorber’ this appears to be a very popular choice.
Thanks to all the amazing people i've met here, but in particular thanks to the mentors and administrators for their incredible hard work in making this place what it is.
This journey has made me feel like a completely new man, mind, body and soul!
Keep running, everyone! …and embrace that happy pace 😁x