It was beautifully sunny here on the North Downs this morning - I woke up early and it seemed a pity not to make the most of it, as it's been so bleak for ages. Even though it was frosty, I decided to risk going out without a fleece - just my 5x50 t-shirt (and jogging bottoms), so my hands and arms were freezing for about twenty minutes.
But it was so well worth it! It was a bit like being in the Swiss Alps (holiday when I was in my teens...) - all birds singing, sunlight glinting off frost... Wonderful.
And I just kept going. Warm-up walk was up a 1:10 hill up the downs, which warmed my legs up, but not my arms, then a loop round the woods at the top, which came to exactly 5k. I ran it all, with a couple of brief stops to take photos and check the route, but it was very slow, as there was a big dip and then a big hill, which needed teeny-weeny steps and lots of puffing, but I didn't stop moving. Then it seemed a pity to just go back down the hill, so I went off into the woods along a muddy trail for a bit, and then back again - so did 6.2k in total - my longest distance yet! Took over an hour, but who cares, it was glorious.
I won't be doing that far for all my runs, but I wanted to start with an effort to be proud of, and I did. So I'm a very happy Easter bunny indeed.