Thank you to everyone for the great advice, empathy and general loveliness in response to my post on Sunday. 😘 You genuinely sorted me out and helped me to gain some perspective.
This morning I ran 30 mins, with no focus on pace or distance, using the Nike + app Headspace morning run. I have figured out that stress really plays with my head and affects my running - physically I was feeling heavy and emotionally demoralised. I realise my brain was tired and less able to deal with the mental demands of pushing yourself on a run.
So today there was no pushing - just being and running. And it worked. 😊 I had a nice run.
You guys are so good you should really start charging for your services!