It rained during the night, and it was only 7 oC (45 oF) and very windy.
I had decided to do my long run today, because DH promised he would bike with me on Sunday.
I was rather tired from yesterday's work (big excel sheet time again), and bad sleep, so I didn't feel like going at all, but I know from experience that running always makes me feel better.
Good decision: the run was fun, and gave me a NSV too: first time ever I ran up the steepest part all the way - I always had to walk 1-2 minutes here.
After that part all the other inclines felt easy, and I finished 10K in 65:30, at a 10.5 min/mile pace. As opposed to my last 10K in 20 oC (68 oF), this time I was not thirsty or dehydrated at all.
This was my fifth 10K, and now I got used to this distance.
I didn't get tired, could do my 20 minute upper body exercise too before breakfast, and there isn't any soreness in my feet.
When I first read The Spark in June, I though the examples of people who never ran before and became marathon runners are exceptional. I don't think so now.
Six month ago, when I started the 5K Your Way program,
the Week 1 program (walk 1 minute, then jog for 3 minutes, repeat 7 more times) was exhausting, and my entire body was so sore the next morning I could hardly get up.
But somewhere during Week 2 the soreness ceased, and after Week 3 I was able to run 35 minutes, just as the program said. I was slow and the Exercise Tracker recognized my locomotion as Walking for several weeks after that, but it was running anyway.
And now - a 10K is just part of my exercise routine.
A marathon, even a half marathon is several months away, but doesn't seem impossible anymore.
I'm happy I didn't give up at the start, because running became my favorite exercise.