I decided to do the required 30K using the Dalby Forest Drive and a couple of off road track loops to make up the distance. The MyAsics plan said to set a pace of 8.05 per K which I was fairly confident I could manage. Things didn't quite go as planned but I am going to look at the positive and list the things I have learned from this run.
1. I No longer like music to accompany my runs. I hadn't used headphones for ages but thought they would stop me getting bored. Turns out I far prefer to listen to the rhythm of my feet and breathing, so ripped them off after 5K.
2. I will never use a Camelbak again without thoroughly checking out how it works. this will save me suffering another embarrassing face plant when I get tangled in the tubes as. I try to dismantle it mid-run.
3. It is quite possible to run with scraped knees and a gravel-rashed hand.
4.Cyclists tend to be really nice people who call out 'How are you doing?' as they pass you.
5. Families with pushchairs and dogs in tow tend not to be so nice and are liable to stare at you with furrowed brows as well as blocking the entire path.
6.Rain is quite nice to run in.
6. After about 22K I change from the loving forgiving generous person that I recognise into a female version of Attila the Hun , blanking passers by, swearing colourfully at speeding traffic and imagining the horrible revenge I will take if my other half has not prepared a hot dinner and warm bath for my eventual return.
7. Speed is not everything.
8. Finishing is.
That's all folks!