So…..as you all know things have been going quite well with this increase in running and I have proudly shared this with you….well I should have kept quiet as this week has been *in the voice of Craig Revel Horwood*….. “A disaster”
The weather was good, the first signs of spring and I was really looking forward to getting out and having a run (am I starting to sound like a runner? Mental note….must stop that). The children were off and out the house with minimum of fuss…well if you disregard the incident with the ipod, the plastic duck and the toilet cistern…apparently these things can just happen in child number 4’s life! My trainers (running shoes) were on, there was no big black dog on the field so off I set. Today was 10 mins running and 1.5 mins walking…so quite a big jump from last week. And boy, did it feel a big jump!
After my five mins walking warm up I set off, taking it nice and easy, and I ran, and I ran and I ran and checked my watch and I had been running for two minutes and 21 seconds (!!!) so I ran, and I ran and I ran and I ran and I checked my watch (still no Garmin) and it was six minutes and four seconds….so I ran and I ran and I got a little bit bored of running and I got to thinking what a stupid idea this was and why was I doing it and I checked my watch and I had done eight minutes and 59 seconds, so in my head I was thinking well that’s nearly ten minutes and as there is only me and two cows in a field who would know if I stopped running now, but then I thought the cows would know and then every time I had to run past them I would know that they would know that I stopped running, so I ran and and I ran…..and then at last it was 10 minutes and I could walk!!! And I walked for a whole one and a half minutes! And then this started all over again and I ran and I ran and I ran and I checked my watch and I ran and I checked my watch and…..oh this happened another four times with each time me wanting to give up running around the nine, eight….four and three minute mark! Finally it is the five minute cool down walk and I am back at home.
After having a cup of coffee I start to think how ridiculous todays run has been….. I know that I can run for 35 minutes non stop and there are actual people, not just two cows who have seen that so even they know that it is true. So why was running for 10 minutes at a time so bloody hard today?? If anyone knows….answers on a postcard please!
So to sum up…..
- 50 mins of running
- 16 mins of walking
- listened to the voices in my head muttering about running for 10 minutes at a time
- carrying a bottle of water and some left over jelly tots
- how do I feel…..bit deflated
- 10 mins of very slow and painful running
- 35 mins of walking a faster pace than I ran
- listening to my tears fall onto stoney ground (that’s so poetic)
- carrying some pine cones and a really big stick that I found on the walk back that the children might like
- how do I feel….bit broken
- 40 mins of walking and jogging and picking up ipods and going back to find earphones and dropped coats and dropped barcodes and being a ‘motivational mum’
- listening to myself turning into my mum
- carrying two ipods, two sets of earphone, barcodes for all the family, two sets of bunny ears, a bottle of pop for each child, two children’s jackets and oh I wish this bit was true, some valium!
- So how do I feel…..incredibly proud of the fact that my children walked, hopped, ran and sulked any distance and incredibly happy to be part of this wonderful parkrun family.