Run date: Wednesday 20 July 2016
Set-off time: 6.10 am
Pace: 9.54 mins/mile
Distance: 6.1 miles
Total run time: 1 hour, 0 mins:36 secs
Terrain/landscape: tarmac then gravel track, fluctuating gradient (but never steep)
Weather conditions: HOT – somewhere between 19 and 23 degrees Celsius.
Music of choice: A beautiful, soul-bursting dash of Kate Tempest, thank you very much:
Fuel? Runner’s World recommends you try and eat before heading out. I was already getting up at 5.55am, so not wanting to be up a-munching an hour before I tried a different tack – 1/2 a teaspoon of honey and some lemon Robinson’s for my route. I have no idea if either of these things helped – my body felt like I was having to drag it round my course. I don’t know if it was the heat, the fact we ate a 13-vegetable meal with scant protein and no carbs last night, the fact it’s the farthest I’ve run since my op…or heck, all of these.
To sum up: Chuffed really, with being able to complete a 6-er on my third run back in. It was tough, but now I’ve got that lovely warm fizz in my muscles, and that beacon-red afterglow.
What’s the plan now? I want to continue exploring fuelling properly – making the weekend my test bed.