Back again after 3 rest days, because I foolishly ran in the cold without warming up (trying to keep feet warm in an icy station carpark!) and had slight shin and calf twinges.
It was lovely and sunny, but very blustery - I was wondering whether any branches would fall out of the trees as I ran under them. Not an easy run, but as usual the problems were almost all in the mind, as my legs were fine. I must be making progress though, because when I sneaked a look at my watch and it said I'd been running 17 minutes, I thought, 'Only 8 minutes left' - seriously, I actually thought 'only 8 minutes'! Just a couple of weeks ago, 8 minutes was a really big ask!
Mind you, just 3 minutes later, when Laura said 'only 5 more minutes' - it seemed like loads more to do. And then she suggested upping the pace - well I did try, and thought I'd been a bit faster there, but the garmin stats show that it was exactly the same as my average pace altogether (5.7kph, 3.6mph - I'm getting even slower as I go for longer - though maybe that's just sensible for now.) But the positive angle is that I could still keep up that pace at the end, which is interesting, I suppose.
Hey ho. Anyway, I did it, and felt much more awake afterwards.
I hope other people are enjoying ice/snow free running today too.