I’m going to start this week’s blog with a few words I never thought that I would say;
For today’s long run I decided to run to the gym where my husband and son would meet me with my stuff. However it was only 6.5 miles so I decided to do the last 2 miles on the treadmill, especially as it was going dark. my husband wasn’t there as we had overestimated how long it would take me by about 30 minutes, so not wanting to use my dirty trainers on the treadmill I did it in stocking feet. Surprisingly no one actually stopped me as I think that it’s against the rules!
This turned out to be a very pleasing end to a otherwise lacklustre week for running. Where did it go? It was so busy I’ve not even had time to read my ‘women’s running ‘ mag I bought last weekend! And you know how much I love to read! Neither did I manage a single run between last Sunday’s long run;
And this one.
I’ve got to admit I had a bit of a mental block about this 8.5 mile run. It’s an awful long time since I did anything like this distance. I was supposed to do it first time around about the time I went to Kansas City, I was nervous about it then and what with all the travel etc my training plan fell apart. So to do it today after no running for a week, again I was apprehensive. I decided that I had to do it, no matter what, to get over the mental block.
However, I find that my running is changing. Only a few months ago I was struggling to run in the heart rate training zone, zone 1, aerobic. It wasn’t that I was running too fast, it’s just that I was so unfit that to break into a run automatically meant I was in zone 2 or 3. Now finally, after 3 years of running on and off, then getting my act together this summer, steadily plugging away trying to get my 4 runs a week in, I have finally gained the ability to keep plodding along and be in the green zone!!!!! (Some of the time!)
last week’s run, over billinge hill, was so much easier than when I last did it back in May 😄
I feel so much better now that I’ve overcome 8.5 miles. That’s almost 1/3 of a marathon you know!