I had to go to a conference today, so was disappointed about missing out on a parkrun this morning. The conference was interesting, but I left it with a bit of a headache due to the concentrating and watching presentations on large screens. The headache got worse as I went home, and wouldn't shift, so I was contemplating taking some headache tablets, or going to bed early.
However, I had been planning to go for a run when I got home this evening and I remembered something someone had said on this forum about running making everything better, so I decided to go for a little run anyway and see how I felt.
I started extremely gently with a 5m slow walk followed by a 5m brisk walk, then did some random sprints, e.g. run as fast as I possibly can to the next lamp post / walk / run fast to next corner / walk ... These got me out of breath almost immediately, but also took away my headache, so I decided to do the Couch to 5K+ Speed podcast.
During those initial sprints and the fast bits in the Speed podcast I was actually running! I managed to lengthen my stride a little and pumped my arms and I got some speed up! Those runs were extremely short, but it proved to myself I can run faster than that snail pace I've been running at up until now, so I've got something to work with - lengthen the amount of time I can run at those speeds etc.
It's amazing - considering how rubbish I was feeling earlier - this was my best ever run!