Week 7 Run 1 | Couch to 5K Program
I missed my morning run due to a hairdressers appointment, and then had a really unproductive day. I didn’t feel too hot at 3.30pm but I took a paracetamol and decided to give it a go. I really didn’t feel in the mood for it but when I got in the car and set out for Henley Lake I started to look forward to running in the setting sun.
I’ve sorted myself out a playlist of my favourite songs for running, it’s called Let’s Run. They are all bangers so I’m happy. I have to get myself out of the car and get going as its 4.20pm and I’m going to run out of light if I don’t get my arse in gear and get going.
I line up my playlist and set off. I’m behind a woman with a big dog and a little dog. They both don’t like me being behind their owner so I speed past her in the warm up. I get way past where I normally do before I run on the warm up, my walking pace has increased drastically and I feel strong. I don’t cut off the loop today (learned my lesson with that yesterday). I get myself going and decide I am not going to look at my watch to see how long I have left to run until at least 3 songs have played on my list. I get to the end of Coasting by Groove Lagoon, and decide I am going to look. 10 minutes have passed. Thats cool!
This run is a series of thoughts – “I want to stop, no keep going, I want to stop, no keep going”. I lose my composure again at the river, there’s something about that section of the run that gets me every time. I keep going and power up the hill. I realise I am going to have to take in the exercise equipment loop. I’m feeling fairly tired but I keep going. There’s a number of fairly challenging inclines on this part of the track.
I bump into my friend Corinne on the exercise loop track and tag her friend “Hi 5”, I keep seeing them on my run and it spurs me on to keep going.
8 minutes left, I work out I’m going to finish somewhere near the bridge near Te Ore Ore Road. On this part of the run I’ve got into my stride and try to up my pace and just as the guy in the app tells me to cool down, I’m met with my favourite geese.
Whoa, I ran for 25 minutes non stop and I didn’t even feel like getting out tonight. I’m on the cool down, I see my runner lady friend, she is out running tonight. There’s such a vibrant community around the lake.
Now, will I finish before I make it back to the car, yes I did just. I’ve got a feeling I’m going to have to do more than a loop of the lake soon.