This week has mainly seen me running, and running the longest run since January.
Wednesday I was at my club leading the final week of our Start to Run course. The group run for this week was a 26 minute run with no walk breaks. A few people were a bit nervous at the start as it is the longest continuous run as part of the course. Some people declared they would walk a bit, which is absolutely fine, we don’t make people run if they are finding it hard! However, no one did. Everyone ran the full 26 minutes without any walk breaks. Which put them in really good stead for our Saturday ‘graduation’ run.
So on Saturday I was up bright and early to go to my local parkrun, which is where the Start to Runners do their first 5km run. I didn’t have a car this weekend so had to get the bus and arrived just after 8am and was there even before the volunteers. It was strange being somewhere so quiet but knowing how busy it would get less than an hour later.
Once everyone from our group had arrived we did a group warm up before hearing the safety briefing. Then we walked to the start line and off we went. This group was very evenly paced so everyone was running close together, which was nice. My previous Start to Run group had a greater mix of pace so I spent that parkrun running between the groups to make sure everyone was okay. I didn’t have to do that this time and just enjoyed the running. I’m pleased to say that everyone finished in under 40 minutes and everyone ran for the whole 5km which was fantastic.
I love doing the Start to Run courses as everyone improves so much in such a short amount of time and the runners end up doing something that most of them felt would be impossible at the beginning of the course.
Then on Sunday I went for my long run of 8 miles. I was a bit nervous as this was my longest run since January. I had ran 10km the Sunday before and that was okay but the extra couple of miles I had set myself this week seemed a bit daunting. Perhaps because I knew that if the 8 miles proved to be too much then there wasn’t much hope of me being ready for my half marathon later this month. So off I went with some trepidation.
I took it nice and slow, and was rewarded almost immediately by having a long-tailed tit fly in front of me and land on a near by tree. This was only the third one I’ve seen so I felt quite lucky. They are such cute little round birds; seeing this one brought a smile to my face and made me relax a bit more.
My foot did twinge a bit but nothing major and nothing lasting. The route I took went through some beautiful patches of bluebells with a single fritillary beside them. As well as the tit there were kites soaring in the sky and some rather loud crows. So even though my legs started to feel heavy towards the end I was distracted a bit by the views.
So now I feel much more confident that I will be able to run my half marathon in three weeks time. Thank goodness!
How was your week running? Have you seen any interesting creatures recently?