rmc28: Rachel, in running tshirt and leggings, holding phone and smiling into mirror (runner5)
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So, I got all excited about my marathon training plan from Jeff Galloway, I made a spreadsheet translating the distances and paces, and set up a new workout in RunKeeper and was all set ...

And then I was in bed with a filthy cold from Saturday to Tuesday and though feeling mostly better on Thursday decided that a gentle lunchtime walk was more in order than a 30 minute run.

However, today I felt fully back to normal, and decided to jump in with my week 2 long run of 6.5km, also trying out the run:walk split (using the RunKeeper workout to do the timing for me). I ran during my son's gymnastic lesson, so my route was simply around the residential streets between Victoria Road and Gilbert Road, finally making a direct run back from Gilbert Road towards the end.

Taking walking breaks was less irritating than I'd expected, with RunKeeper's notifications dialled down to the minimum, and it definitely made it easier to cope mentally when I started getting tired. My overall pace over the 6.5k was 7:40 min/km compared with my last three 5ks which were 8:20, 8:05, 7:55. I'm clearly still on the upswing of easy improvements as a beginner, but that's more of an improvement than I'd have expected, especially over a longer distance, after 8 days off.

The funniest bit of today was running past some small children in a quiet road, who decided to hide behind a parked car and jump out at me making monster noises. I was well aware they were doing this, so wasn't very surprised and made monster noises back; when I turned around and ran back down the road toward them, one of them asked why I was running and I said "to practice running!" which they clearly found very strange.

I have updated my spreadsheet to push everything back a week.
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