I have spent so much time on this site in the last week, enviously clicking on other people's blogs and reading about excitement, disappointment, jubilation and determination, and all the while sniffing, coughing, blowing my nose and generaly feeling rubbish.
However, yesterday, the disgusting head cold I've had for 9 days (hello immune system, would you like to come out from wherever you're hiding and do your job?!) had lifted considerably. The weather was absolutely gorgeous - a really mild, sunny Autumn day and all the trees were shedding their leaves so the streets near my house are filled with multicoloured, crunchy piles of leaves just waiting to be kicked.
I could not stay in the house for another day, nor could I spend another day not running, and being miserable. So I laced up my running shoes, stuffed 23,981 tissues up my sleeves for the inevitable nose blowing and set out for a run.
At this stage, I wasn't putting any pressure on myself to do W9R2; I was really worried that my lack of activity for the past 9 days would set me back to week 5 or 6, so I decided to put the podcast on and just see how far I could go.
The first 3 or 4 minutes were really difficult, I lacked energy and had a runny nose, but then I zoned out to my surroundings and for the next 15 minutes, I hardly noticed the time pass! I did really need to slow down my pace. I was doing very small steps and running quite slowly but I think I needed to give myself the best chance of completing 30 minutes rather than going fast.
When Laura said I had 5 minutes to go, I knew I could do it! I continued on with my slow plod and completed the 30 minutes. I felt quite faint when I stopped, but a few deep lung fulls of air later and I felt great!
This run was by far my biggest psychological test, I felt extremely nervous and underconfident and it was very tough. I think by being sensible and not worrying about my pace, I gave myself the best chance to complete the 30 minutes.
Slight niggle in my left hip which persists today. This is the first twinge I have felt to date, but I'm hoping it will go away before W9R3.