My comeback from a summer off running has been going OK - and a week ago I successfully ran w6 r3. I followed this with w6 r3 again and hoped to do it a third time today.....
Before even getting out of the door the omens weren't good. My phone had no charge - meaning no music and no emergency phone. Scrounged spare phone from daughter (no charge on that so scrounged another spare phone from other daughter). Found trusty ipod to supply music...... no charge. OK I thought - it looks like it's a music-free run today. I'll use Garmin to measure time.
Off I went.
Normal start to route includes one of the hills for which this neighbourhood is now famous with me. Usually it's deserted. Today there were runners everywhere. As I neared the top of the hill (and went down the other side) I became very conscious of the noise I was making - something like an antique steam engine. Quite embarrassing and I only got to know about it because of my lack of music today.
On and on I puffed - but really my heart wasn't in it. Eventually I decided to cut short the route I'd planned - with the unfortunate consequence that I would have to tackle the hell hill aka hill of doom, which I've never conquered before. Well, friends, you'll be pleased to know that I managed to stagger/run half way up, which came after about 14 mins of running. I then walked 4-5 mins and run another 5 or so before walking home.
So not a great run overall. I could blame last night's wine and excess food or various aches and pains that cropped up but basically I think I need to run 3 times a week not 2 - and make sure my phone is charged the night before! I'll give it yet another go on Tuesday.
Have a nice week all!