Forgive me father, for I have sinned

It has been over a week since my last run. I had built up to a regular 5k twice on weekday evenings after work with a slightly longer distance at the weekend. I was on the cusp of a 30 minute 5k time and things were looking good. Then it all fell apart. I had some social engagements in the week before Easter that blocked my after-work running times, and I was staying with family for the long weekend where I was over-committed to social events that prevented me getting out.

Today was back to work, and after work, back out for a run. Oh dear, it was shockingly bad. I set out at what I thought was a modest pace, but my legs felt like lead. Too much inactivity and too much Easter chocolate, and I just lost my form. I set out at what I thought was a modest pace, but after 1k it was clear I was in no state to complete my usual 5k. I took a shortcut from my usual loop and stopped running after 20 minutes, covering a little over 3k. Oh dear, what have I done! Hopefully it won't take too long to get back into my old routine.

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  • Give yourself a pat on the back for getting out there today and for sticking with it when it probably crossed your mind to stop after 1km. Build it back up over a few runs and I think that you'll soon be back to your old form.

  • I'd just put it down to one of those days when you're not at your best. We all have those. You still ran. I fimd if I think the run is going to be difficult and I set myself up mentally for a real toughy it's quite easy. I am sure your next run will be good xxx

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