First of all, a huge thank you to those of you who gave me support and a friendly kick up the back side yesterday. That was just what I needed!
I hadn't been running for three weeks, and with my 10k race in 10 days, it was certainly about time to get back into the swing of things. The support from this forum helped me find the motivation, so I went out after work.
The last run I did at the beginning of the month was 9 km, so I started off by telling myself that if I could repeat that, everything would be fine. During the warm up walk I changed my mind and thought that I could probably run 6 miles. that would be a great prep for a 10 km race. When I started to run, I almost immediately felt out of breath, and kept telling myself that I could do this, I've done it before, it's not so bad, come on, just a little more, and a little more.
After 6 km it was enough. I couldn't run any further. So I walked for five minutes, and then started to run. That gave me another 1.5 km. Then walk five minutes. Tried again to run, but this time I only lasted 200 meter before giving up. So I walked home, but made sure that the total route was 10 km, so I at least have a baseline time for "worst case" on the race.
So... as a smooth run it was pretty much a huge failure. But as a run, as a proof to myself that I can get back into the swing of things, it was a big success. It wasn't bad. It was good, for it got me into the groove again. Counting on my fingers, I can do another 10 km on Thurs, Sat, Mon, Weds and then rest until the race on the Sunday. So 4 times more... not by any stretch of the imagination enough to work on speed or anything, but at least it will give me some preparation.
I chose to see this as "always a good run, never a bad run".
Thanks again for the support yesterday. It was just what the doctor ordered. You guys are amazing!