So I had lots of ideas on how post grad run 2 would go, but after looking out the window I picked the speed podcast. I reasoned that it was the shortest one, and the speed might just keep me warm. So off I went at 6am already thinking of the warm bath I would get when I got back.
Halfway down the hill I realised I'd left my gloves behind. By the bottom of said hill I'd lost the feeling in my fingers. The gremlin on my shoulder helpfully suggested we go home. Grump..... On we plodded through the warm up. 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4.......
Then we were transported straight back to week 1 run 3, but at a much faster pace. I'd like to say 10 weeks after doing w1r3 it was easier. It wasn't!! 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4. Maybe choosing to do the speed cast in the same place where I'd done week 1 had been a mistake. I'd figured it would be a bit more sheltered and it's certainly flat. Memories of that run came flooding back. My awful blister, the ache in my hip. Then something changed. I realised just how far I'd come in 10 weeks, how much stronger I am, how much I enjoy running. Then there I was flying through the mud, rain and wind just soaking up great feeling of knowing that I could do this.
If anything was hard on this run it was the slowing down. I found I just wanted to continue at the faster pace, but knew I had to listen to Laura and slow the pace. By the last interval I was having to really push myself but I felt super. I'm really enjoying these podcasts.
Now for my longest gap between runs. I won't run again until Monday morning, wibble.