Still on holiday, I planned a route along a couple of trails that weave through several different parks (Fishtrap Creek being my favourite), crossing several main roads on the way. Trees, open parks, lakes, bridges - lots of variety. It was a route that allowed me to do 13k (longest distance so far), or potentially to add another km to get to 14k if I felt up to it.
I used Rungo for the first time, and it was mostly very successful given that I had never done this run before and I don't know the area at all. I had planned a route in advance and followed the audible navigation when all was going well (resorting to checking the Rungo map on my phone on the occasions it went a bit awry).
I had a jelly baby at 6k and another at 12k and half of my bottle of water with the SIS electrolyte tab in it. This run was beautiful and distracting, but far more undulating than I am used to - I did resort to walking up the latter part of a couple of hills, which proved faster than my attempts at running up them anyway, but other than that I ran the entire way. After each uphill stretch my legs felt like lead, but each time they recovered well.
As I approached 'home' I didn't just feel up to the extra km, I figured I could make it to 15k (the last couple of km's were on paths I knew and were all flat or distinctly downhill). And I did it! 15k!! Just 1km short of the 16k needed for the GSR. I am so happy.
Sadly though I have significant blisters on both feet, now cosying up underneath their very own Compeed plasters. I think I will have to take a look at this tape I have seen people talking about - prevention has to be better than cure But 15k is 15k and the blisters will heal. Still grinning to myself.
Happy running everyone