Whisper it … but I might actually being getting used to this running lark.
Today was the second run of Ballymena Runners week four and, as with Tuesday night, it was a 3-8-3-8 split with a two minute walk break between each section.
I always get quite worried doing these runs on my own in case I walk before I need to which would then instigate a huge sense of failure. It hasn’t happened to me yet and it didn’t happen today.
In actual fact, it went quite well today. Granted, I did go quite slowly at the start but did start to speed up as the run went on and, perhaps as a result, didn’t feel the burn in my legs that I usually do.
The run was interrupted just before the last eight minute segment when I bumped into an old friend. We stood chatting for a while (I remembered to stop my watch!) and, amongst other things, discussed fundraising activites that he’ll be able to help with so it was quite a productive chat.
I still had an eight minute run to do which I completed with relative ease. Fair enough, I did have a few minutes break in my legs before I started it but even if I hadn’t stopped my legs felt quite good so I would have managed it anyway.
Run three is three eight minute splits with two minutes inbetween. I’ll just do that at home rather than even thinking of parkrun.
After a few enquiries, it seems that the people doing their third run at parkrun do that and only that, whereas I’d want to carry on and do the full three miles – and doing it with them and then breaking off to join the main group will badly skew my time.
Anyway, with another 2.1 miles done today I’m now up to 14.9 miles in the 401 Challenge Virtual Marathon, leaving me with 11.3 to go:-
Saturday 8th October – 3.3 miles
Sunday 9th October – 8 miles
401 Challenge update – 14.9 miles done, 11.3 miles left
Sunday 2nd October – 7 miles
Tuesday 4th October – 2.1 miles
Wednesday 5th October – 3.7 miles
Friday 7th October – 2.1 miles