If it weren’t for Janathon, I can absolutely guarantee there is no way that I would have even contemplated going for a run today. Especially outside. In the dark. On a Saturday evening. In January.
After my last disasterous attempt at an outdoor run on The Third Day, when I dressed like it was August and nearly fell over, I took the decision to invest in some proper running gear.
Here are the results of a couple of quick shopping trips. The first layer – a long sleeve Asics top I picked up from the Sports Direct sale for a tenner. Over this is my Great Yorkshire Run t-shirt to remind me that I did indeed run 10k once so can probably do it again one day. My leggings were from H&M for £24.99. My local store recently started carrying the H&M Sport range, which was handy timing.
Next up was my matching Asics jacket, again in the sale at £18 – bargain. I also picked up some cheap gloves, hat and snood from H&M and I was ready to hit the road!
It was pretty windy and rather chilly tonight, but it didn’t feel too bad, especially my top half which was positively toasty once I got going! I did a different route to earlier in the week – past a few more shops and along more of a main road as it was dark. It wasn’t as long as I hoped it would be at 2.16km, and a lot more uphill than it seems in the car. So much so that for a good portion of the latter half of the lap I slowed down to jogging just faster than walking pace. I managed to jog the whole way round though, which I’m glad of.
When I got about five minutes away from home, it had flattened out a bit, and I was feeling pretty good. So much so that I was annoyed about how short the route had turned out and was tempted to add another loop on. I chose not to overdo it, and instead ran a lap of the estate to my house in the far corner, rather than cutting across the green in the middle. Baby steps.
Feel pretty smug and will be pulling on the new kit for an attempt at a slightly longer route tomorrow morning.
The Eighth Day Stats:
- Exercise: running
- Distance: 2.16km
- Time: 17:54
- Average pace: 8:17/km