Week 6 is in the bag. Nearly did every planned run – yesterday’s 6 miler was cut short at 1.5 miles due to my husband suddenly having to go out so I had to come in and stay with the kids. Never did manage to complete the remaining 4.5 miles either but I did manage to get today’s 9 miler in despite being very tired. Hardly speedy – 1:34:08, averaging me out at 10:28 minute miles, but that’s fine for my long run. While running I contemplated every possible excuse for giving up but by the time I had 6 in the bag I decided I might as well finish the job, and I did. So a victory of mind over matter if nothing else. The kind of mental training that comes in useful…
As I mentioned in last week’s post I have recently upgraded my gadgetry with a Garmin 405. This is what my Polar 625X looks like at the moment:
Not so good – no battery and the button’s dropped off. No use at all. So in a spirit of financial optimism (ie slightly tipsy amazoning after a nice Saturday night out with friends) I decided I NEEDED a new Garmin 405 and 24 hours later, thanks to the ease of Amazon Prime and one-click shopping my new gadget arrived. Lovely indeed.
But you will note that, as Nicole from 4 feet running has reported, this gadget was not designed for delicate little wrists. It was fairly uncomfortable actually, rubbing everywhere as I ran. And then, while in a shop buying some hairclips from my daughter, genius struck me and I arrived at what I like to call the Hello Kitty solution. Yes indeed that fabulously 80s accessory, the sweatband, is the answer. And with Hello Kitty on it, to boot! Just check out this elegant solution.. Eat your heart out Bjorn Borg.
And all this action has lead to a happy runner, even in the rain. The joy just shines off my shiny face doesn’t it?
Have a great week on the road my friends – 12 weeks to go until Chicago!