This week has been crazy and I haven't had any opportunity to run. Although I had an early appointment today, I was up even earlier, so grabbed the chance to get out there even though it would just be for a short run. I thought I'd do Speed - perfect!
Or not. I checked the temperature and it said 3 degrees. 3 degrees? That's flipping freezing! On went the long tights but a short-sleeved shirt. I hurried through the rest of my preparations - wee, Body Glide under the arm band, Ventolin, sunscreen, wee, start the Garmin, start Strava, find the podcast. Oh. Problem. Was it on iTunes? Nope, couldn't find it. Off I went to HU, where it told me that I had already downloaded it - and took me straight there, to the running section. 'No, wait, I'm not ready!' So I paused Laura, faffed with getting my phone into the armband and the headphones through the wossname, laced up and went out of the door.
I was going to be too warm. I walked for a couple of minutes, turned round and went back home to swap my long tights for capris. It's the first time I've ever done that. Back through the door, a quick shuffle, another wee and off again - to find that the Garmin had of course given up and lost the signal. Ack! So I restarted that, to find that I'd now lost Laura - and really couldn't find her again. By this point I was fuming - furious with myself for being so flipping inadequate with the technology. I couldn't manage to press anything through the screen protector on the arm band so had to fumble the entire phone out of the armband and start again. I had to go through the whole process of going back to HU to be told that yes, I'd downloaded the podcast or whatever before and here it was.
Finally - finally! - I started the 5 minute warm-up run and we were off. By the time I got to the intervals I was so annoyed that I aced them , working off all my frustrations at what I thought was a higher pace than usual. I did the final five minutes as a cool-down run and called it a day.
But the adventure didn't end there. Whether it was because it was a bit cooler, whether it's because there's more pollen around at the moment or whether it's because I was running by a busy road this morning I don't know, but as soon as I stopped running I started to cough... and then wheeze... and then I couldn't get my breath... and before I knew it, I was heading for an asthma attack I managed to get it under control with some swift puffs of the inhaler and by sitting on the pavement but it left me feeling quite shaky and with some steep steps to climb to get back home.
I recovered fine and a hot shower always helps but it was not a successful morning! To add insult to injury, although I felt as though I was running much faster, the stats don't show that I was and my overall time for 3k is no faster than I would normally expect. However, I know that intervals are useful and if I can do the next set without having a temper tantrum I'll probably be better off
Hope you're all having a better day - happy running, everyone!