I went out today and ran the same route that I did on Monday. This time I made myself take 1 minute recovery breaks when I had to stop. I have got to the stage where running on the flat is good, as is running on the downhill. Running uphill is still a right bugger !!! But I am beginning to get glimpses of how it feels to be able to run easily. I feel strong on the whole.
My lovely friend Sarah arrived at school the other day with a package for me. She bought me the book " Running on Empty - Diary of a Marathon Mum ". I have not put it down for 2 days and finished it just now. The lady in the book, Julia Williams, reminds me of me in lots of ways. Obviously I don't have 4 kids ( madness ??!!) or a nanny or a twin sister, but I felt a bond with her in the way that neither of us have ever been great at sport, we have to struggle to fit in training around the kids after school clubs and we are slow runners.
I was so touched that Sarah thought to get me this. And she has offered to help me train, even if it means getting on her bike ! My heart goes out to her as she lost her mum this summer and is still raw from the awful loss. That she can think of me at a time like this is incredible. She is a good, good friend.
Tomorrow is Son #2's birthday. I have to fit a run in somewhere !! Maybe while he's at his tennis lesson ?