Last night I went to running club for 3rd time to discover everyone there this week were experienced and fast so a light run for them (in between local half marathons weekends either side) was about 8min /mile joggette round a 6m course with serious hills.
Not to be deterred I thought I'd give it a go - ridiculous really given I've only recently hit up to regular 5.5/6 mile distances and it was about 25c but hey, what the heck.
Needless to say the gazelles quickly left me in the dust! Thankfully one kind soul held back and paced me round which was great. I'd have quit otherwise.
Long story short, despite 3 very short breathers, I did 6.2m in 56 mins which was none too shabby since my best to date is 6m in 61 min non stop with much less elevation or heat.
It did a lot for my confidence at the time but can't say it was a joy!
This morning, however I'm a bit freaked out about the challenge I'm up against to try for the Chester Marathon in October. I have to sign up next week (work thing) if I'm committing and even though it feels pie in the sky the devil in me is saying jfdi, stop whining and get on with it!
My plan is starting to ramp up now and last night gave me a bit of a view of how it might feel. The angel on my shoulder says my fitness will build and what now seems tough will seem easy soon but ...
Thing is I know now how crucial being supported is and worry that if I can't get that consistently from the club, I'll never do it. If it wasn't for the guy who talked me round last night I'd never have achieved what I did last night. He helped me raise my game and kept me going.
Not sure where I'm going with this, just wanted to download I guess and if I'm honest need a bit of honest encouragement and feedback.