I normally run in the morning, certainly on work days. But I might not be able to get a long run in at the weekend so I re-worked my week so that I could run after work this evening. This running business must be important to me because this evening's run totally disrupted my routine. But that's fine. And I looked forward to it all day. Sped home, got changed, couldn't find my bum bag, earplugs in and out of the house into the pale evening sunshine. The weather conditions were actually perfect, sunny, cool, crisp and beautiful. The last run of week 4 with Sami Murphy, 3x 18 minutes with a 1 minute walk in between the runs. I've already done it twice before, so no surprises.
After 3 minutes I realised my legs were going to be a problem. Soooo heavy, like leaden pipes. After 10 minutes I got a horrible stomach cramp and started planning a dash into the woods. Ultimately it wasn't necessary, you'll be pleased to know, but that has never happened before. In the first walking bit I took my light jacket off and tied it round my middle, at which point my earphones decided to go all crackly - and stayed that way no matter how I jiggled them around. The second 18 minutes I slowed right down as my legs got heavier and heavier. Clodhopping was the word that sprang to mind. I shuffled through the woods, trying to persuade my legs to lift my feet up higher so I wouldn't go sprawling over a tree root. My attempts at timing failed abysmally as I ended up having to run up the motorway bridge and the second walking bit came just as I was at the highest point. All that lovely downhill slope wasted. The last 18 minutes saw me slowing down even further. My right foot went numb (but returned to normal after 5 minutes). Then I got back ache, which hasn't happened in yonks either. This was getting silly, obviously my body was trying to tell me something. But with 10 minutes of running left I knew I was not going to stop (barring tripping over a rock/tree root/any other protuberance).
I was very glad when Sami told me I could slow down. That was one of the toughest runs I've ever done. I had a rhythm going for about 2 minutes late in the run, otherwise it was just a long, hard, clumsy shuffle. I suppose it's character building😎