Went to Aldi today (normally we go to Lidl as it's closer) as hubby claimed they always have sun-cream and we need to stock up for our holiday in Zambia. And they had some running gear left over, which I happily added to our shopping basket. I was very surprised at the checkout when the amount I handed over seemed ridiculously low. A quick check back home showed that 3 items didn't appear on the receipt. So I got the equivalent of my new running tights and shirt pretty much for free. God knows how that happened.
On the running front I was feeling a bit down. I had a cold last weekend and decided to concentrate on getting well and scrapped the running. I don't know how you all manage to run with a cold, all I want to do is sleep and rest to shake it off. Well it went relatively quickly, but I felt no motivation to get up early and go running or even do my usual walks. An extra 3/4 hour in bed suddenly seemed very important. And I found that depressing. That a 4 day cold could throw me off course so much. I ran on Thursday (in Berlin) slowly and very enjoyably. My breathing was fine, but I was obviously more tired than I thought because I tripped over nothing on a bridge over the River Spree and landed flat on my face. Both knees grazed and bruised, and my left elbow. I let out a loud expletive, tried not to think of all the cars going past (maybe Angela Merkel or Putin was in one of them?) and pretended my nose-dive was deliberate.
So today I was not feeling confident. Sore knees made my legs feel heavy and sluggish. But I haven't had a good run in 10 days and what frightened me most was that it didn't really bother me. My body wasn't crying out for a run. Only my brain was saying "if you stop now it'll be a long slow slide back to the couch. Get out there". So I did, another run on the Bridge to 10k programme. Boy, was it tough. I'll be stiff tomorrow. But I did it, run 2 of week 4, 3x18 mins of running with a minute of walking between the runs. And next week there'll be no more sleeping longer. I want to get back on course.