Well.... after all your help and support 8/1 was wonderful. The day I'd planned for 8/2 was in the afternoon after a really mind boggling day lecturing to 42 mobile phones and yes, Delia, iPads too!!! The students were a bonus!!!
Anyway, so boggled was I that I ended up on the wrong train home - basically the conductor told me the next stop was on the Czech Republic border (Breclav) - bang went my early arrival home - the conductor saw my white, drained face and delivered the next blow - "you'll be at Payerbach-Reichenau by 19.30 - it was currently 16.00 - arrrrrggghhh.
I gave in gracefully and drank delicious Czech wine, At Breclav I had to wait for an hour for the train towards home - I had my running gear with me but didn't fancy sitting in the train feeling sweaty and cold. I whiled the time away by finding a fantastic restaurant with the best fries I have ever tasted :-). Anyway I eventually got home (restaurant car on way back also had wonderful food and wine :-)!) and realised I wouldn't be finishing W8 until Sunday - our 17th Anniversary - my Darling Man encouraged me to have my run so we could double celebrate :-).
So.... 8/2 went off without too much problem BUT 8/3 WELL WHAT A WEIRD RUN....
I had decided to experiment with my own music, using my sports tracker plus the timer on my phone. Off I went, practically dancing my way through ABBA's dancing queen, Creedance Clearwater Revival's 'Shake your Money Maker, Dexy's 'Eileen' and so on. I waited and waited and waited for 'Robo-Sport' to give me the time for my 1st km and it still wasn't coming... I was practically flying along to some wonderful music (old but gold!) and eventually: "1 km in 11 minutes" - whaaaa the ?!?!? - "oh well" I thought, I'm obviously enjoying myself too much and not concentrating - "come on...."
I don't know... I felt like I'd gone well - and I really am not too obsessively interested in times BUT for me (without park runs or running clubs) it is good to have some sort of yardstick with which to pat myself on the back.
Without that being tired of Julie song and Laura, something went very wrong. My 2nd and 3rd kms were decent times but what happened during that first km I really do not know - I would have had to have been crawling but I wasn't - grrrrrr!!!!
Soooooooo..... my running cohort - we were all going to finish W8 at the same time and then fly to Graduation together - sorry but I'm lagging behind now.... 9/1 will only happen tomorrow (Tuesday) inshallah and - as I am coming over to the UK and generally away from home for a week or so - who knows when or where I will be for 9/2 and that graduation run.
I WILL BE CARRYING YOU ALL WITH ME TO MAKE SURE I GET OUT THERE AND FINISH SO WE CAN ALL HAVE THAT CELEBRATION TOGETHER.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL YOU W9 STARTERS