Hector. He did something today that he has never done before: he tried to climb into the running buggy! I took this as a sign and quickly threw on my running gear – though not fast enough for him, he was getting really impatient – and off we went, well, once my Garmin had decided to get a signal. I try explaining to him that the black bar needs to go all the way across the screen before we can go, but he just looks blank, sometimes I forget he’s only one year old.
When I looked out of the window this morning at the heavy rain, I didn’t imagine going running at all, but now it’s hot and sunny; I just don’t get this weather! This afternoon we went out to see some amazing birds of prey in the local park and I wrapped Hector up in his nice cosy hoodie and took the umbrella just in case. We were stripped down to our t-shirts and needing sun cream within half an hour.
Back to the run. As it was so impromptu I didn’t have a plan or idea of how long or far I was aiming for so just ran. It felt so much better knowing that it had been initiated by the little fella and I happily bounced around pointing out the dogs and giving a little kick as we tackled the hill. The other day my race number for the Flora Women’s Challenge came through the letterbox, complete with pins, how organised is that? For those who were wondering, it starts at 11am, reasonable. This has, of course, given me a little boost, a kick up the backside (in addition to the one from H) and I will aim to get out this weekend as well, no visitors or travelling to distract me.
As I said in a previous post, our telly is buggered, so I am watching snippets of the Olympics online, and what I do get to see is incredibly inspiring, we are really storming ahead on the medals table. Running Matters talks beautifully about it all here. I don’t know if it’s the Olympics effect or if more people are just taking up running, but there were quite a few runners out today. Maybe it’ll be like when Wimbledon is on and you can’t get near the tennis courts: they’ll be gone in a few weeks. I hope not because I like seeing more people out and I think I detect a competitive streak in Hector who seems to want me to catch them up; he is indeed a good coach!
Distance: 2.64 miles
Average Pace: 9.54
Best Pace: 8.05