My own running is still going pretty well. As he was resting before his race, Graham yesterday ran parkrun alongside me, at my considerably slower pace. Because of our wildly different running abilities, it is very rare that we run together - I think the last time was probably on holiday in France last summer. It felt strange to run together - I missed the music that I usually listen to! But I loved the companionship, and it made me want to speed up so that we can run together more often.
A month ago I got a new PB by running under 28 minutes for the first time ever. The sense of achievement when something like this happens is enormous. I really love the 5k distance - I've got no desire to join Graham in running marathons, but I am determined to knock another couple of minutes off my time over the next year or two, and inch towards the 25 minute mark.
I've done very little running during my A&E placement. My feelings about this alternate between thinking 'fair enough - you're on your feet for twelve and a half hours at a time', and knowing that really, deep down in my heart, walking around A&E, no matter how fast I walk and how busy I am, is no substitute for proper exercise. Most of the nurses I was working with were runners, or cyclists and managed to fit exercise into their days off. A&E was also an emotionally draining place to work, so some running on a day off would be very good for my wellbeing. After the Easter holidays I start a new placement on an oncology ward, and along with all the nursing skills I want to master while I am there, I also want to get the hang of fitting exercise around my work.
~~~~~~~~~~Well, would you look at that - while I have been writing this blog, Graham has finished his marathon. In a very good time of 3 hours, 29 minutes and 4 seconds. I am beaming with pride!