I'd planned to do my first post-graduation run yesterday, but abandoned that idea when the tractors started racing up and down the lanes around our house, in a desperate attempt by all the local farmers to get the silage in before the weather broke and the rain started. Didn't really fancy headlong dives into the nettles along the roadside every five minutes, so went shopping instead, as you do.
Having completed the C25K programme in suitably convincing style, I decided to make the first podcast in the Running Mate 10k 101 series my first post-grad run (any news on Laura's version yet?). I'm happy with what I achieved - around 7k in total - but running just after a visit to the dentist does have its disadvantages: a) if you're properly numbed up, you don't notice if the ear bud falls out of your ear, and b) when the anaesthetic wears off, your jaw thumbs with every heartbeat. Still, I hate visits to the dentist and the run helped me relax me after the ordeal. Never thought I'd feel this way about running, or willingly go out for a run in pouring down rain! Just need to see if I can wear contact lenses now - it's either that or spectacle windscreen wipers!