Nowthen, as you may know I am a big fan of my Nike-Ipod thingy when I go out running. I use it really to let me know how long I have run and one day I'll get round to calibrating it so it gives accurate distances ! At the moment though it is making me look like quite a good runner with averages of under 10 minute miles. When I calibrate and it realises that its owner actually only has little stubby legs and is not striding out over miles and miles as quickly as it thinks it may well be disappointed !!
Most of the time I have it set to " No Music " as I like to be able to hear things like the birds, the trees, cars crashing towards me, you know ? But today I put it on shuffle, so songs came on in a random order. I was running along a bit that was beginning to feel tricky when Labbi Siffre came on with " Something inside so strong... i know that I can make it.... " I turned it up really loud and Good Grief I felt great !! I kept it up high and started to feel like a girl in a film ! When Carmina Burana came on I could have run for England. It was all I could do to stop myself from singing/wailing out loud.
I have even discovered that I can just keep repeating one song over if I want to, or go on if I don't like one. Isn't it amazing how music can lift you up ?
So now I have to ask myself the question each time I go out " Music or no music ?"
As for the training, it is going well. This week, well today, was the end of my Run/Walk schedule and from Monday I am just running. Well, that's the hope anyway. Monday is a 20 minute run, then Wednesday and Thursday 20 minutes and Saturday the same. I like the way I am feeling. Having read the Julia Williams book ( I mentioned it in my last post ) I feel that I can do this. Every day there is at least one moment when a voice in my head says " I'm in the Marathon !" and every time I come over all warm and smiley !!!