Wednesday 25 February
No run. No walk. No guilt.
Thursday 26 February
Group run today and it’s a biggie.
Karen is taking us around as much of the half marathon route as possible so we know what to expect in 3 1/2 weeks time 🙂
I was really ready for this. My mindset has completely changed. I know I can do this, I want to do this in a faster time that Karen predicted back at the beginning of January and now it all seems possible.
I’ve had my number for a few weeks and not bothered to look at the route as it really doesn’t bother me. So this was going to be a magical journey! We met at Green Park and there was a little apprehension from some of the group. It had started to rain, it was a bit nippy and the thought of 2.15 hours running was starting to hit in. Karen made it very clear how the run was going to go. Fast runners loop back, back runners keep running forwards. We knew what to do, all we had to was go…and off we set!
Despite all my best plans for tracking my route and listening with one ear to music again that was very soon scuppered as neither phone nor Endomondo seemed to play ball today. So I ran completely unaware of what the time was or how far we’d travelled.
The morning was wet and grey but I found that within the first mile I was roasting and so ran in my vest top. I felt much happier like that as I don’t like getting overheated. Rain, wind, spray from the cars…I don’t care. I felt quite alive out there today.
We ran all over the place from Whitley to the Uni, then we seemed to be in town, then up near the Registry Office, then alongside Prospect Park (where I struggled to run a 5km two years ago) and back to the wind-turbine at Green Park. I ran on my own, I ran and chatted with others, I shared jelly babies and tried to up my pace in the last mile to the finish. I have no idea how far I ran, as I was looping back at times, but it was at least 12.5 miles and so in my mind I’ve nailed it already!
Training runs are no longer about cardiovascular fitness. I now chat and run like the rest of them. There is no strain on breathing when running the long slow pace and it feels great.
My thighs are solid. The change in muscle tone is huge.
Fellow runners are more than happy to eat a fluffy jelly baby when offered. Sharing is caring you know 🙂
I do like running. I really do. I remembered today that when I did my 100 day runs I realised midway through that I liked running then. So why the hell did I stop?!
I think I run less like a cloppy horse now.
I had a great big salad for late lunch and then had an overwhelming urge to make pancakes. So had 2 x Doves Farm gluten free flour (homemade) pancakes and maple syrup. Bloody lovely!
I may not have had Endomondo today, but I did have my Jawbone UP!. This screen shot shows my day today upto about 15.00. Quite a few steps taken today.