My progress through C25K hit a bit of a bump last week when I had a really unsatisfactory W5R3 and W6R1. I found them very tough, very unrewarding and was utterly deflated.
After some excellent and much needed support and advice from the community here, I decided to take an extra rest day and come out fighting for W6R2.
Well, it worked! I set off just before 8pm (when it was warm, damp and getting dark) in my BRIGHT new t-shirt. It's flourescent orange and I actually squinted when I saw it in the shop! Anyway, as it became darker, I felt very safe in it - there was no way a car was running me over, unless from driver distraction!
I did an extra long warm up - I walked for a good 5 minutes to my own music before I switched the podcast on. I took the fab advice from Legion to try another route. As it was late and dark, I stuck to the streets, but ran on roads I'd never run before. Much more interesting with shops, cafes and generally a lot more to hold my attention than the boring residential streets I've seen what feels like a million times.
The first 10 minutes were just brilliant I set off quicker than I have before and thought "oh, bit fast here, I should slow down and pace myself"; but then I thought "well, I feel great, I feel lighter on my feet and it feels easier on my legs so maybe I'll keep going until I feel a bit tired and then I'll slow a bit". Well - the tiredness never came! Yes, I was breathing hard, I was red faced, sweating and running hard, I felt I was really using my leg muscles but I experienced NONE of that slumped over, body-like-lead, worn out feeling I had on the last 2 runs at a slower pace. For the 3 minute walk, I was grinning from ear to ear
The next 10 minutes were.................................................................................just brilliant! Apart from when Laura said "maybe take a drink of water". I could have slapped her! "From WHERE? A PUDDLE?!" my inner voice shouted at her.
I was still running pretty fast in the second run and I honestly found it much easier to go at a quicker pace. Maybe the rest days helped, but I think I really doubted my abilities before and was playing it safe.
I completed the warm down walk and was still a good bit from home so I chose some songs on shuffle and did wee mini runs and jogs for the next 8 minutes home. I added a few air punches as I reached my driveway Rudimentary calculations suggest including the 3 minute walk, my average time to complete 1km is 6minutes 22 seconds. Better than I ever thought it would be.
I honestly just had the best time out there tonight and I still can't stop smiling. I really hope my new found running groove stays with me. Thanks you so much to all you in the community for being fab and showing us doubters that we can do this!
Watching some Coldplay at Paralympic closing ceremony then off to get my gait analysed tomorrow. I'll be back on it with shiny new trainers for W6R3 on Tuesday.