Really pleased I managed my 12k run today, despite tech gremlins trying to derail me! I thought I would be clever today and mapped a new route out on the PC with MapMyRun. Wanted to use that as some sections of my route were off-road and I wanted to plan a reasonably accurate distance. All went well at first, route saved and on MapMyRun app on phone. Started my five minute warm up walk and when I had a minute or so to go, started up the app on my phone to get ready. Then when the five minutes were up I tried to start a run on my Garmin too - I thought I could have Garmin Connect/Strava and MapMyRun all going at the same time - I think that was my mistake! The Garmin started making weird buzzing noises and just displayed Time: Distance: with no info. Tried to go back and it said Deleting, with the little timer circle meaning wait. This went on for some time and I was getting quite frustrated, f'ing and blinding at my watch! Had to start my run with MapMyRun only and couldn't get any more sense out of my watch - it buzzed happily all the way round and wouldn't display anything other than "deleting..."
Dear oh lord, to be so reliant on tech!! Anyway the run itself was nice, a stretch on small roads, then a lovely track through woods, then country lanes - a bit scarey with traffic whizzing by now and then - then one of my favourite quiet lanes in Westfield, a nearby village, and back again. Just before I reached the halfway point it started sleeting and for quite a bit of the return journey I was pelted on the face with needle-sharp sleet! Luckily I was warmed up by then so didn't mind too much. The wooded track on the way back was uphill, and the hill seemed to go on forever, but I managed to keep running - very slowly!
This time my legs didn't feel tired towards the end, despite tackling the mega-hill, and I managed to pick up speed a bit for the last couple of km - helped by the fact they were sloping downhill! Enjoyed the run apart from the tech annoyances at the start. Managed to upload the run to MapMyRun and entered it manually on Strava. I think I will stick with Strava in future! Felt very pleased to have reached 12k - my furthest distance so far. I wasn't fast but I was quite steady, apart from diving into the hedge every time a car came by! Love this exploring new routes, lots more to discover yet! Happy weekend running peeps 😊🏃💪