I was so so nervous going out last night for my first run I a week for 4 reasons.
1. Just took a voluntary week off after my 5miler due to tiredness catching up, heat and lack of a new goal.
2. I never run in the evening, only ever early in the morning.
3. I had lunch out and enjoyed a massive spread which left me feeling too full all day.
4. An excessive alcoholic weekend meant I was dehydrated and no matter what amounts of water I drank I still felt clammy mouthed!
I got home from work and changed straight away so I couldn't change my mind! Few house jobs, kids washed, garden hoed and off I went in the most perfect temperature for a run with a lovely breeze. I went on an old C25K route which I hadn't done since the Laura days and it was actually quite nostalgic! I aimed to so a 20 minute run at my new pace and with my slightly altered gait. After watching a video of me running the last 100m of the 5 miler last week I was appalled at how little I pick up my feet and knees (ok I was very tired at the end of the race but I was putting in my big run to the finish line ). The new gait felt a bit weird but I stuck with it and managed a 4k run in 25or so minutes. It felt great that a week off didn't set me back to much and feeling ok this morning which is a result. I am hoping that the new style will eventually make me faster over 5k and then I am planning to up the distance when I am comfortable to 10k.
On another note I have just had a gym induction not having used one for about 15 or so years. I feel it could really help my strength for running which I think is my weakness. Does anyone else use the gym to help their running and if so what machines would you recomment?