Feel I need to offload, so apologies in advance for a rambling post. This may be a bit 'dear diary'...
I've been struggling to get out on runs over the last few weeks, so I'd had a gap of 10 days since completing W6R3 before I headed out for W7R1. I'd already had a word with myself to just get out and do it, and a quick read of everyone's posts got me off the sofa and into my running gear.
Well it didn't go quite to plan...
First I couldn't find my headphones, so had to use an old spare pair. 5 mins spent searching. Then I couldn't get the right podcast to play on my phone, and halfway through the warm up walk my phone decided to stop playing W7's podcast and restart W5! So another 2 mins wasted while I reset the podcast.
Ok, time to start running. 2 mins in the headphones fall out my ears. Then fall out again 30 seconds later.
So in frustration they were ripped out and deposited in a handy skip as I jogged past. So no more Laura - I considered playing it through the phone speaker as I was on a quiet country lane with no one to annoy. But no, phone stopped playing the podcast when I unplugged, so for the first time I ran without any music or encouragement.
Then the heavens opened and it started to chuck down. All those who say they enjoy running in the rain - I don't believe you! It's horrible!
Without the music I found it much harder to pace myself and so I think I was going too fast, after 15 mins I couldn't run another step, so had to walk for a couple of mins and then managed to run for about 5 mins before admitting defeat and walking the rest of the way home. Apart from another short sprint when it started raining again. So out of the 25mins I should have run, I probably only managed about 20.
It's the first time I've had a bad run, and it was so frustrating. I spent the rest of the day really disappointed in how I'd done. I know it's better than nothing, and the long delay between weeks 6 and 7 hasn't helped. I'm determined to get out again this weekend and try again, I'm not going to give up having come this far! I managed W6R3 so I know I can run for that length of time, I just need to think positive. But at least I've found my headphones again
Thanks for listening!