9 July -Week 3 Run 1 – Mr Smooth, Sleeplessness, Scratching and Crying

I was supposed to run yesterday but scalding heat here meant the only time the temperature dropped to 25 degrees was at 3 o’ clock this morning and as I went to bed at 1am, that just wasn’t going to happen. But I promised my virtual running buddy  that I wouldn’t flake, especially as she was thinking of doing a 27mile walk…

Mr Smooth sent me his usual message for our date – he is very insistent on trainers I find. So off I popped, having forgotten today was the 3 minute challenge. After having about 4 hours sleep due to an electrical storm and the relentless biting of what seemed to be a plague of mosquitoes, I set out.

Warm up walk absolutely fine. Third track on my playlist was Amy Winehouse – Back to Black – which coincided with Mr Smooth’s suggestion that I should try a 3 minute run. So, to anyone who ever fears looking like an idiot when starting out this plan, no-one could beat me running with a red-face, scratching my arms and legs, whilst crying as Amy Winehouse sang.

When Amy finished, the next track was Walk Like an Egyptian, so as an antidote to the crying and to keep my hands away from the mosquito bites, I did walk like an Egyptian…. Luckily this was all done in the very quiet country lanes and so no-one witnessed my bizarre behaviour.

Finally the second run of 3 minutes, coincided with The Beach Boys and Help Me Rhonda – she did, they did and finally after 6 running dates with Mr Smooth, he said very loudly ‘Yes’, when I had finished my second 3 minutes run.

I am sooo pleased, even though I am sitting here a rather fetching shade of scarlet, with 6 itching mosquito bites, and just a touch of running smugness – because a proper runner can run for more than a minute, can’t they?

Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran
Back to Black & Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles
Help Me Rhonda and Barbara Ann – Beach Boys
Hot in the City, Mony Mony – Billy Idol
Girls and Boys – Blur
Rio – Duran Duran
Ruby – Kaiser Chiefs
Billy Jean (twice) – Michael Jackson
Distance 4.77km
Time 47.12mins
Average Pace 9.53 mins/km
Originally posted on Health Unlocked 9 July
I can remember feeling inordinately proud of the 3 minutes achievement, because it meant I could potentially run after a bus. Not that I ever would, but it was the principle that I could.

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