Headed for St Andrews parkrun this morning and the weather there was much better than the forecast - lovely people and lots of them.
The run is three times around the perimeter of Craigtoun Park plus a few hundred metres further on the third lap.
We set off and for the first km I felt fine - then suddenly i was struggling to breathe - not a bit breathless but full on gulping in what felt like absolutely freezing cold air and not being able to take it down.
I thought if I walk for a bit it will settle down but by the time I’d walked the 400 metres or so to the end of the first lap I was dead on my feet.
Embarrassingly I quit , not even sweaty, legs feeling fine and I quit - headed home and in the car at least consoled myself that I’d got out and done a bit of exercise.
After a cup of coffee I came to the realisation that if I sat in the house for the rest of the day I’d have fallen another day behind my target to finish the programme and I felt OK so headed for the gym.
Set the treadmill on my normal pace (which was exactly the same as my Garmin told me the running portion I’d done of the parkrun was) and off I set to run 25 minutes - won’t pretend it was easy but I was comfortable all the way through, I know what the treadmill gremlins say and they don’t bother me - week 7 day 2 done at the second attempt today.
There’s obviously a difference between running outdoors and on a treadmill for me but I didn’t expect it to be choking on cold air - when I came out of the gym that same cold air tasted like nectar.
Once I’ve graduated I’m going to go back to an interval week I’m comfortable with and repeat the programme from there, but outdoors - I’m sorry I failed you St Andrews parkrun, but I’ll be back.