I tried the stepping stones podcast this morning and couldn't really get to grips with it. It was too fast for me (although runkeeper says I run at that pace) and I walked far too often for my taste. Managed 5 km in 39 minutes, which is not brilliant, but today the power was missing.
Thinking about it there could be a number of reasons:
I'm carrying a couple of kilos extra weight and feeling sluggish after the excesses of Easter
I haven't yet completely adapted to the clocks going forward. Running at 6am seemed very strenuous this morning and I hadn't slept too well (back to work today)
Yesterday I let myself be led astray by my bicycle. The weather in Munich was lovely, it wasn't a running day and my bike called to me. I haven't been on it regularly in about 5 years (the odd excursion now and then) and it was supposed to be a test-ride. Ha, ha. Headed out to a lake about 10 km away and then thought I'd go on to another lake about 4 k further on (there are about 30 lakes within a radius of 30 km from where I live - and I haven't visited some of them for a long time!). But some farmer had blocked off the route I used to take and I ended up somewhere else. The somewhere else was also rather pretty, so I cycled around a few old familiar paths and then headed back via gravel tracks (and another lake!) back home. The last 5 k were slow and I was a bit wobbly when I climbed off my trusty steed! My knees were also quite sore and I feared I may have done some damage and wouldn't be able to run. But running uses different muscles obviously because there were no protests from my legs this morning. It won't have helped my stamina this morning though. Lesson learned - use the gears more!
And the final reason, I hadn't eaten much yesterday (got to get rid of these kilos somehow and intermittent fasting helps).
There's a lot to learn about this running business and still so much to experiment with!