I decided to run for half an hour this morning. I was hoping that I could run for the whole time, but I found myself dropping back to a walk after 12 mins. I set off at 7.6 km/h, and was running well, but my mind just clicked off after 12 mins. I walked for 2 mins at 5.6 km/h, and was able to run again, so I finished off the session by running for 4 mins, then walking for 2 mins, until I'd reached 4 km. That took me 33:44 so I decided to keep going until the 35 min mark before I started my cool down.
I was really happy with the outcome, as I ran for a total of 26 mins. I would have been able to run a little longer, but I didn't want to (a) overdo it; or (b) leave my visitors waiting for me longer than we'd agreed.
It was terrific having visitors who understood that it was important for me to get to the gym. Mind you, they walked me part way, and then headed off to have breakfast at McDonalds. As Jim said, I was able to head off to the gym feeling pleased with my myself.
The boys then spent the morning playing with the EyeToy. Deb, Jim and I headed off for a coffee. We wandered around the food festival for a while and then went to Dobinsons. It's great that the kids are old enough to be left on their own, and they were more than happy with what they were doing. They were still going strong when we got back to the apartment. I don't know where they get their energy.
We finished off their visit with lunch at Sammy's Kitchen, which would have to be my favourite restaurant in Canberra. I love the food, the service is brisk and efficient, and there's always a happy buzz in the place.
I'm going to spend some time catching up on Biggest Loser. I was too busy during the week to watch it, but I've taped it and hope to be up to speed before this evening's episode. I find the show inspirational.
I'm also going to be looking at Celeste's blog to see how she did in the fun run. I aimed for 4 km today, as I knew that was the distance she was running. It made it easier to keep going after I hit the 30 minute mark, having a specific goal in mind.
I'm enjoying reading other people's running stories. I feel as though I've discovered a whole new world, and I'm very happy to be part of it.