Hooray to another week down! I can’t believe that in two more weeks I’ll have completed C25K; where do I go from there? No, that’s not rhetorical, I’m really looking for suggestions!
Yesterday’s run was a little more stressful than I would have liked. I took Toby and Owen out with me on the Mad River Path and about a mile into the run I saw that one of the fields we run around was being tilled. Large tractor pulling sharp blades + dogs off-leash does not equal good times. I kept a close watch on Toby and Owen and they did a great job staying on the trail for the first half of the run. However, when we turned around to head back, Owen, who was exhausted (he’s not in the best shape) got distracted and started heading for the field. I yelled to him; Toby came but he didn’t want to listen. Then I admittedly panicked and started yelling. While it’s not my usual course of action, it got Owen back and it even got the farmer to stop tilling for a moment as he assessed the situation. Owen was then sternly led by the collar past the field, so I don’t get credit for running non-stop in this workout.
Besides the stress of potentially having to tell my co-worker that his pup was chopped to bits in the cornfield, the run went pretty well. At over 82º, this was the hottest day I had run so far and that definitely made some parts of the run laborious. However, I also noticed that my pace was faster as we ended up getting much further down the path this time. Due to the heavy heat and humidity, I opted not to use my knee braces. So far I’m not feeling any repercussions, but I’m going to be paying close attention to my knees.
I couldn’t have been more grateful for my Vibram Fivefingers. After the run, Toby, Owen and I ran right into the river and the three of us swam together. Well, really, Toby and Owen dug up rocks and swam after sticks while I doused myself in the river and did some underwater stretches. Regardless, it was heavenly. I had so much fun playing with pebbles between my toes and seeing how stable I could get in yoga poses in the heavy current.
Next run is on Monday. I really can’t believe I’ve made it this far. I know it’s cliché, but, seriously, if I can do this you can too. Try it, I bet you’ll surprise yourself!