Didn't sleep well last night, mostly down to the heat, but partly because I was thinking about one of the posts yesterday about anxiety and all the advice given on that post. It got me wondering if I should change things up, I've been taking the same root on the same days at the same time for the whole of the program! Not only that where I go is off the beaten track, no easy access or roads very close, I quite often don't even see another person at all. I occasionally see a dog walker or another runner but mostly I don't see anyone.
Anyway I got up this morning at 5am and for the first time I felt nervous about going out on my usual route, wondered about running another way instead ( trouble is it's very hilly here and where I run now is about the only fairly flattish area, not sure with my weight running up and down hills would be too sensible.
I had almost talked myself out of going today, thinking I'll plan a new route today and run it another day, but I have really been enjoying the runs and I didn't want to let being tired or nervous stop me from continuing with my plan!
So I went out as usual, taking my usual route ( boy it was hot and very sunny) and took it slowly knowing I was stepping up to 28 minutes this week. I soon got into a natural pace, breathing settled, miming along to music as I ran lol.
At about 25 minutes a fly flew straight in my mouth and made choke, I kept going, coughing my guts up as I went lol, but shortly after that my right knee started hurting. (I have a weak knee anyway due to an old issue related to my spina bifida) so I kinda hobble-ran for a little while, thought I may have to stop, but wondered if I'd just pulled it out of place when I was coughing. So hoping it would settle again I kept trying to continue and at about 27 minutes it did and I was able to jog properly again. Then Laura said time to stop, but I felt good again and was back into a rhythm so I decided to keep going, I got to the end of the track onto the main road and although I could have carried on I stopped there, as it the perfect place to start my warm down walk and get in it before I get home. When I go home I checked run keeper and I'd run for 29 minutes 44 seconds, if I'd known it was that close to 30 minutes I'd have carried on lol!
Anyway I'm pleased I didn't talk myself out of it 😀 and pleased I passed the 28 minutes for this run and I am looking forward to my next run 😀
I think I will try to look at other places I can run, even if it means driving somewhere to do it 😀
Good luck to anyone running today 😀