I guess it was just a matter of time before i hit one of those mental blocks that many here experience. I just don't know how to get out of it. ;( A little back story. The last two weeks I have been battling a nasty upper respiratory virus and didn't run during that time. I was feeling well enough on Saturday(still have a cough but it's better than before) so I decided to give it a go again. My first run back was horrible. At mile one i stopped for a short break, then at 1 1/2 mile, then at mile 2..you get the idea. No matter what I did I just couldn't push through. I tried slowing down as much as I could without being at a walking pace and pulled out every trick I have used to this point to get me to finish line. Nothing worked. I ended extremely frustrated but just kinda chalked it up to I was out of condition from not running for so long and cold/windy conditions outside. Today was my next run out and it was a disaster as well. Same thing, just kept stopping and starting. I don't think I ran more than a mile at a time without stopping. I know I can get to a 5k running nonstop because I've done it numerous times before. These runs have me seriously doubting hitting that mark again. I ended todays run in tears out of frustration with myself. What the heck has happened to me? Just a few weeks back I was so much stronger both mentally and physically. How do I get out of this rut?