I should have done W8R3 on Wednesday, but slept in as I was expecting to work a night shift, which didn't happen in the end, as I was told I'd be dropping people off and picking people up in the Caribbean instead. 3 islands in 3 days. Nowhere near as glamourous as it might sound.
So W8R3 happened in Grenada. In a small hotel gym with no air conditioning. The windows were open and occasionally a bit of breeze passed through, but it was ridiculously hot. I hadn't been on a treadmill since W5 R3, where I'd found it relatively easy compared to my usual route back home. However this time it wasnt like that at all. A tough run in tough conditions and stifling heat - plus I still unwittingly managed to pull the emergency stop button out (again!!) half way through. But I was pleased to finish week 8.
I decided I'd start week 9 in Barbados, without a days rest. However when it came to getting dressed I'd realised I'd only brought 1 pair of socks, and I'd used thm on my previous run. I pulled them out of my washing bag, but they were still sodden and smelt awful ( apologies if that's too much info!). I read on here last week that someone had got bad blisters running without socks, which in turn set them back even further.
I decided I'd go to the gym and if my trainers started to rub I'd stop and pencil it in as a 'warm up' for week 9. The gym was a small room with 2 treadmills, 2 bikes and a stepper. No air con and no towels. And was like walking into a sauna. I told myself there was no pressure and if I needed to stop that was fine. The only plus point was that there was a tv with football was on so I could see how long I had left without being disheartened with how little time had passed (it's all psychological with me!), plus it was a nice distraction.
I somehow managed the 30 minute run, though shortened my cool down walk as the sweat was pouring off me and I had to get outside where it was cooler. So I'm pleased I got the 2 runs done, and who would have thought I'd be looking forward to the cool autumn mornings next week, but I am, and with only 2 more runs to go...