My running week actually started with a late evening run last Sunday. With the weather continuing to hit mid to high 30s for the next couple of weeks I wanted to get out in the relatively cooler air of sunset. It’s incredible how much nicer it is to run without the glaring sun, even if the temperature is similar. I completed a slow and steady 6k to complete my #equalitywins virtual race.
I went to the training session at running club (with my kiddo) and, although hard work, enjoyed it. Everyone there was very friendly and encouraging, I’m sure it will become a regular feature of my week.
I also went to parkrun with my son, I was tail walker and had a lovely chat with an older gentleman, he was recovering from illness so we walked the 5k. Even though, as tail walker, I was last across the line I still came 3rd in my age category(!), there only being three women in the 45-49 group.
But the main event of my running week was my somewhat ill-conceived desire to complete a half marathon distance sometime this month, combined with my determination to just get out there and do it! Having signed up for a 20k virtual race (awesome Viking medal!) and a half marathon being 21km, on Wednesday morning I decided to give it a go. The first 8 miles felt good but then my legs began to tire, I was certainly regretting the 7 mile bike ride I’d done with my older son the previous evening. After walking most of the tenth mile, I then alternated walking and running until the end.
Despite stopping to photograph some donkeys, alpacas and to chat with some very cute calves, I completed the 13.1 miles in a very respectable time of 2:36:44. Running a half marathon is pretty tough so I absolutely deserved my Viking medal and the big bar of chocolate I treated myself to, which was needed to replenish my glucose-energy stores, honest!
2018 YTD 2018 Medal Collection
#equalitywins 6k Viking 20k