I ran week 9 run 1 last Sunday with no major problems. Then "failed" about half way through run 2 on Tuesday and decided to take some extra days off. I did a half hour swim on Thursday and went out to run again today, intending to do the same route that I successfully ran last Sunday.
Well - most things that could go wrong did. First of all it was raining when I went out - in a way I was pleased because I could wear my rain jacket and new long Aldi tights. However, the rain stopped after a few minutes and I rapidly became too hot. Then I also had problems with my phone - does anyone else find it difficult to get a phone that's playing Laura into a pocket without switching it off, or turning it up too loud or getting the next podcast instead? Then I received a text that I had to check in case it was urgent and had the same problem again. In the end I switched to Mapmyrun and did no music instead.
However, the main issue is still stamina - legs rather than lungs. The most polite thing I could call today's run is "freeform intervals". I did run a good 10-15 min chunk at the beginning but then a lorry with really yucky, smoky exhaust went past and I really didn't want to be breathing that so I stopped and essentially ran intervals of about 3 minutes each all the way home. If I'd gone out in my usual capri tights and no jacket maybe I could have run it all - I don't know.
I'm also wondering what to try running next - I'd love to get back up to 5k but it seems a distant target at the moment. I'm thinking of maybe trying Stepping Stone and seeing how long I can keep going as the 150bpm pace at the beginning will stop me from going too fast to start with. Any other (polite) suggestions welcome!
Hope you've all had a better week and happy running