Time constraints tonight meant I had to run the route closest to home; which is the one I have ran a lot and am very bored with.
However, I set off at dusk again in my new long running top and trousers. The wind seemed to cut straight through me and I almost turned back to the house to get another layer.
Hoping I would warm up soon, I set out at a very brisk walk. I was wearing my new trainers for the first time and they are very light. I don't think I've felt the full benefit of them on this run as it was so windy and that really tired me out as I was running into it for a good part of the run. Also, they are a larger size (I knew my previous trainers were too small), and I found myself scuffing my toes on the footpath a few times. I really mustn't lift my feet off the ground properly!
The first 5-7 minutes of today's run were quite comfortable, but definitely not easy. Around 8 minutes is when I started to fade fast! I went from genuinely having not too bad a time, to feeling exhausted. I gave myself to 10 minutes, and then I'd walk. Then I remembered I was using W6R3 podcast and Laura didn't update me on the time until 12.5 minutes, so I'd run to then. By the time Laura chipped in, I was back to my slow shuffling steps, and I just felt like an eejit for wanting to stop. So I kept on going, very very slowly - I believe snails were lapping me at one point!
I carried on to the end and completed the run. I felt happy that I hadn't thrown in the towel, and content that I had given it my best shot. I also warmed up, despite the horrible wind I didn't absolutely hate the run, but I didn't love it either. A bit of an ambivalent one really.
Anyway, onwards and upwards; W7R2 next and I will be on holidays for it so I just hope I am able to fit it in. I have promised myself to do another new route for W7R3 and will definitely get round to making my own playlist
8 runs left!