Well the week started poorly…I had a a mild cold so I didn’t want to risk making it worse by going out for a run. A few days later I felt much better and braved my first run of week 2. I was apprehensive as I found week one hard. I needn’t have worried as I really enjoyed it and got back into my stride. I must have been feeling under the weather last week. This weeks plan consisted of a brisk 5-minute walk, then alternate 90 seconds of running with 2 minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. Runs 2 and 3 of this week also went well and I have more than gained my confidence back and looking forward to starting week 3.
When I first started running back in May before my injury, I got up at 5am and ran in the morning. Mornings then were bright and sunny. Running with autumn rapidly gaining momentum means that either end of the day, morning or evening, is dark. I was a little concerned about running in the dark, so with some trepidation I ventured out. Surprisingly it was fine as the street lamps make visibility pretty clear. As a woman running I stick to well lit areas and avoid alleyways.
I purchased a lightweight jacket from my local Sports Direct (see right) and believe me it’s much more ‘orange’ in real-life than this picture gives credit for. I primarily bought to keep me dry in the rain, but it also acts as a great visibility jacket – you can certainly see me coming!
I miss the early mornings – they were amazingly bright and eerily quiet. Now, I see lots of foxes, a few bats and lots and lots of slugs and snails! I’m not looking forward to the really cold mornings…