I've been out of the game for a week for fear of slipping on the ice. I did a lot of walking in that time and saw plenty of folk out there running but I know what I'm like and even in my boots, which are a right pair of clodhoppers, I was far from sure footed in the ice and snow.
Anyway, at work yesterday, I had a text from Mrs Fingalo to tell me it was lashing down in town.
I should explain this isn't a regular occurrence, Mrs Fingalo isn't some kind of weather nut and isn't in the habit of sending me frequent meteorological updates, she was simply aware of my annoyance at being unable to run and knew I'd be delighted at the rain sweeping the ice and snow away.
That said, she does have a picture of Michael Fish on her bedside table....
The rain did turn to snow, then sleet by the time I got home but the job was done and while I was concerned it may freeze overnight, I made a last minute decision to set my alarm, deciding I'd check it out anyway.
As is the norm on a running day, I awoke before the bell but forced myself to lay on until it went, then jumped up, donned my gear and was out the door in fifteen, having taken a little longer than usual as I'd not laid out my stuff the night before.
I had already decided to go with the programme rather than up the ante. After the final run of Week 5 I'd seriously thought about doing two 20 minute runs in this Week before the 25 minuter it ends with but after taking some advice from fellow C25kers on here and because of the enforced break, I thought caution the better option.
It was nice and crisp out but all was okay underfoot and I was able to complete the run fairly easily, indeed I couldn't help adding a couple of minutes at the end. This included part of the gradual but lengthy incline up from the beachfront to the house as I'd noticed the local parkrun is a bit more uphill than I'd realised and am aware I have to start to tackle any psychological issues I may have developed due to my regular route being completely flat.
It felt really good to be back out there, Friday or Saturday for run 2 then end Week 6 on Monday. I've not checked but understand this is the end of the walking, have to say I'm quite pleased about that as I know Week 7 will be a real challenge.
Bring it on!