It's quite a common theme here for someone quite new to running to post here upset that a run has not gone so well as the same run earlier in the week. It's equally common for some of those who have run a little longer to reply that we all have bad days. So I thought, sitting here with aching quads, that I'd give you an example of that...
I've been running for nearly 2 years now and just over a year ago I agreed to run once a week with my cousin. It's a nice arrangement - we both get a suitable length run and it helps to motivate us both to get out and run. As a result, I have been doing approximately the same run around once a week for over a year now.
You would think, after perhaps 50 occasions, I would have the measure of this run by now but today things were just not going my way. I always run before dinner in the evening but today I hadn't eaten much for either breakfast or lunch either, it was cool but so humid I was sweating buckets and my spec's were steaming up! It was drizzing enough to annoy but not enough to cool you. It was one of those evenings that seem to be so dark that the street lights just can't penetrate and you can't see the puddles and mud, which were everywhere, broken only by patches of slippery wet leaves.
So anyhow, after very many occasions, today's was easily the worst repetition of this run. I completed my distance, but with lead legs the whole way, slipping and aching and generally wondering why I bothered while the sweat that wouldn't cool me dripped down and made my eyes sting.
I know that it will be better again next week, because it has been so many weeks before. But take heart if not every run is easier than the run before. Sometimes, we just have bad days!