After a lot of procrastination this morning, I finally embarked on Week 8 at about 12pm. I had a beer last night, so wasn't 100% sure that I was in top form, but thought that I'd give it a try as I hadn't run for a couple of days. Decided to mix my route up a bit too, adding in an extra field. All was well until a couple of minutes into my warm up walk when I started getting a bit of pain on the right side of my chest. I didn't want to stop before I had even started running, so I continued, hoping that the pain would go away. It didn't and after a few minutes of running slowly, I started to worry that this could be something heart-related. However, (prob rather foolishly) since I felt otherwise fine and the pain felt a bit like a pulled muscle, I carried on and finished the podcast. My speed wasn't great, but I kept plodding on. During the warm down walk, I got twinges in my back too (which I also don't normally get) so I may have been running strangely as a result of the other pain. Next time I think that I would be better off just stopping and trying the run another day to be on the safe side.
Despite the late start and the discomfort, I actually recovered much quicker today than after my last run, even though it was three minutes longer. The breeze and light rain meant that I didn't overheat so much. I still feel a bit tired, but not as though I actually need to go and lie down like I did after my last 25min effort. My chest hardly hurts at all now, but it isn't completely comfortable when I turn my torso so I will see how it feels tomorrow on my rest day before deciding whether or not to run on Monday.
On the bright side, Endomondo does say that I burnt 582 calories today and I wasn't chased by a single dog!