Well it's a day later than I had intended, but because Ireland decided to have a two day monsoon season, I put off my graduation run until today. To be honest I thought I'd skip today, the rain was still pouring and the wind was howling, but at about 5:30pm I looked out and though it was still very windy, the rain had subsided and I decided that maybe I should go. As I'd been eating chocolate biscuit cake all day the guilt also got too much so that was the extra kick I needed to go!
The temperature was actually ok, but the wind was still quite strong, so it was still a challenge. To be honest, it was a hard run from the start. There were puddles everywhere meaning I had to run around them and make sure I didn't get knocked down by any vehicles in the process. I was getting tired much quicker than normal so I was a bit worried. Then my leg started feeling like stone. I actually had a look down a few times to see what on earth it was doing down there. I also seemed to be running at a faster pace than normal involuntarily; I hadn't decided to try a faster pace my legs were just doing it (perhaps as a punishment for pigging out all day!).
I started to feel a bit better when I got passed the halfway point, as I usually do. My leg still felt like stone and my shoes, which have never failed me before, started rubbing and causing a bit of a blister, but I was determined to keep going since this was my last run of the program. I got further than I had done on my last run so I was really happy with that. Nowhere near 5k of course but that will come!
I can't believe I've got to the end of this program and can call myself a graduate! After starting and giving up several times, it's great to finally finish it. This site has been an invaluable resource for me, and it will continue to be! Thank you all so much I'm not sure what I'm going to do with regards to progressing my running from now on, but I am definitely getting some new running shoes Also think I'll stick to the thirty minutes for at least one more week. But who knows! I've got my Race for Life on 15th July and want to be able to run that full 5k, even if I do it at a slowish pace.
Thank you all again so much, and good luck to you all with your journeys