Week day running has been a bit messed up. Sue and I book Tuesday and Thursday evenings for running together, plus our weekly long run on Sundays. We've only managed one run together in 2 weeks, the other 3 week days I've been out on my own, and obviously the last two weekends too. Last Tuesday was a nightmare, I'd travelled home from work, got off the bus and promptly fell over landing on my backside. I didn't think I'd done any damage until I went out for a run a couple of hours later, maybe an uphill run wasn't so good. I only managed 4 miles and it was more of a run/walk! Thursday was better and another 4 miles, again on my own, but the back was feeling a little less twingey and the bruising on my ass had gone!
There has been a lot of chat on Twitter about fellow runners not acknowledging each other. One of my Twitter followers Julia Buckley has produced a vlog guide to runners etiquette Rant About Ignorant Runners. Today was a prime example of miserable runners. Although I only came across 5 today, 3 were women who all had the grasp of acknowledging their fellow runners, 1 man who greeted me like an old friend (think I've seen out before - or at least I hope so) and 1 young lad who I said good morning to and who completely blanked me got the "thanks you miserable bastard" response back! Another new experience was coming across a fellow runner in difficulty. I would hope that if someone saw me in a similar situation they would come to my aid. I did stop to check she was ok and we chatted for a couple of minutes (even though I was trying to beat my 8 mile time!)
All in all pretty happy with my progress - I have signed up to do the Spring Tempest 10 miler on 18th March. Sue wants to enter too but without having done 6 miles for a few weeks I just hope she can manage it.
In other news, the no coffee challenge I set myself is going well. I only slipped twice in February, once because hubby bought me a coffee which I ended up tipping away and on 28th February I had run out of Lemon & Ginger tea bags (shock horror) and there was nothing else to have but a coffee. Can't say I enjoyed the effect it had on me - felt like someone had plugged me in. I'm going to keep going with the challenge and stick to tea, unless someone buys me a coffee - Shaun xxx