I did it! I know I should be really, really excited, but for some reason I felt kind of flat when I completed my graduation run. I wasn't intending to run today, my temperature was still a bit up last night, but then when I was taking my daughter to play squash this morning, I thought "why not?". I threw on my gear and decided to graduate in the gym, rather than my normal slog around the park. Perhaps that's why it didn't feel quite right. In some ways it's easier in the gym, less resistance. But I did set off at a much faster pace, in fact, even dropping the speed down a little after the first 10 minutes, my BPM was over 160 all the way, so I should have felt like I earned it (it's usually around 150) and I did put in my usual sprint at the end, hitting over 170 bpm. It still felt like I'd 'cheated' though.
Anyway, it's done now, the fact is, I did it. I stuck with a programme and I proved I could do it. I think I'll just go and run in a few different places for the next few times. I know it will be quite hard, because I've been running in a relatively flat park, so any incline will make me puff a bit, but I think I need a change of scenery to get my mojo back. I did get a bit excited though when I started to match my iPod songs to bpm on jog.fm so that I can build a good running playlist for my next few runs, so perhaps I'm just a bit tired (I did have an awfully big glass of white wine last night, not to mention some dessert wine).
I am looking forward to getting my shiny new badge though Just need to remember who I have to ping for it