I haven’t run much in the last month – just two one-milers since I did the Race for Life 5k at the end of June. The heat wave has put me off, but it seemed perhaps a bit cooler this evening, and I was in the right mood, so I went out to see if I could still keep going for half an hour.
First ten minutes were tough as ever. Then it was an uphill bit (not steep, but not flat either). Twenty minutes in and I was thinking about stopping. Told myself I could keep going a bit more even though I’d got to a bit with no shade – it was getting on for 8pm, but still about 25 C, which is pretty warm as far as I’m concerned. I overtook a dog walker (always an achievement for me – they are often faster than I am). Then it was a downhill slope, so persuaded myself to keep going until I got back to my starting point, which was just under 3 miles.
It took me about 45 minutes, which is pretty slow, but I was happy with it as I was really out of practice and it was hot. My fingers felt like sausages once I was walking – had to hold them up in the air or they throbbed (they’d been fine while I was running, as they were above heart-level I suppose).
Legs feel fine too. 🙂
No pictures from the run, but some from the garden today. Lots of butterflies today – Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White and Brimstone. The lavender hedge is full of bees too – Carder bees, Tree bees, Honey bees, Buff-tailed bumble bees (I think – might have been some cuckoo bees too), Early bumble bees and I also saw a few Red-tailed bumble bees, though maybe not on the lavender.
I also noticed a bee flying with a rolled-up bit of leaf between its legs. I’ve seen evidence of leaf-cutter bees before, where they’ve cut a semi-circle from the edge of a rose leaf, but don’t remember seeing one actually flying with the leaf before. I watched it go into a hole in the bottom of a plant pot several times. Earlier on I’d seen a centipede go in the same hole, so it’s an exciting world inside that pot!