I was thinking about calling this one "I can't stand Laura", but that wouldn't be fair. She's lovely. Really helpful. But sometimes I want to slap her hard Today was just such a day, while I did my W2R1 10K speed podcast. To be fair, it wasn't her fault. Today was soooooo cold, brrrrrr, and I thought I'd be safer on the grass, but I could hear the crunching and shattering of icy blades of grass over the sound of my iPod. It was gruelling, the air burning on the way down, despite having tied my Next olympic scarf around my face. Normally one to overheat, today I had two long sleeved tops on for my warm up walk and run! I peeled off half way through the first 5 minute run, dropping my bottle and top on a bench as I passed.
A couple of intervals later, my gloves had joined the pile. A tiny collie puppy stood and watched me, as though I were bonkers. Most of the dog walkers smiled at me and made sympathetic noises as I plodded past, one man cheered me on with a jolly "keep it up!" and a beaming smile.
By half way through I was thinking 'I can do this', which is a leap forward from last week, because I really didn't think I could do it and, at the start of today, I wasn't sure I could do it in the cold. I'll post a question later about what people wear when they run. I know its been discussed before, but I wasn't taking much notice, as I was still trying not to overheat.
So, from having to force myself out of the door (I seriously almost dibbed out of this one) I then had a really worthwhile session and felt a real sense of achievement when I'd finished.
I'm vaguely thinking about whether or not to do a parkrun this Saturday, I think my daughter would do it with me. I'm not sure if I'm ready for it, if I need a couple more weeks of regular running, as i've only just stepped up from once a week to 3 x again. Maybe I'll see just how cold it is expected to be.....................