Quarter to six this morning I was woken by a horrible pain in my stomach. Other folks might do it differently, but me, I'm a Realbuzzer! I ain't moping about feeling sorry for myself. If I'm awake, I'm up, and that's that! I'm not going to be beaten by what might be nothing more than trapped wind.
I got my clobber on and set off walking to work. Taking the most direct route, door to door it's 9 miles. Leaving the house at 10 past 6, I'd have to be walking pretty swiftly to get to work on time. I managed it fine, 8:15 when I got there, which means I was walking slightly quicker than 14 minutes per mile, and the stomach ache was gone. It wasn't wind, but it was gone, and it stayed gone all of my working day.
Got my shorts on and ran home. Sort of. Remember that training plan I mentioned? I got it off the Runner's World Smart Coach. "Enter a recent race time" it said. "Ok" said I, most recent, 5k at South Manchester parkrun, 19:47.
Apparently that means 8:11 per mile should be my easy run pace now. Like hell it is! Warmed up nicely, warmed up thoroughly, and ok it was generally uphill, but that kind of pace was bloomin' hard going! 2 miles done...
...Then it happened.
Remember that stomach ache that woke me up this morning? The one that I'd walked off and had gone away? It came back. With a vengeance. Some privacy in the woods and some good broad leaves were needed.
Pretty pleased with myself that I managed to get running again, because my stomach was doing loop the loops now, better yet I did 5k and still managed to hit a pace just under that 8:11.
I learned something today.
I will definitely NOT be following the paces printed on that plan. Nor will I be pacing myself by anything other than effort level come the day in Snowdonia.
Running to a pace, checking the watch, it was shite!
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