Hello lovely runners!
It's been a while since I last posted. I'm not much of a social media type really, and I didn't want to keep posting on here after every single run, but prompted by a lovely message from Jancanrun recently, I thought a post was probably long overdue, especially since I went out this morning, in the nearly-sunshine.
So what have I been up to then? Well I've determined that running 3 times a week during the winter period is just not going to happen, so I aim for once or twice a week, and I'm not trying to break any records, I'm just trying to maintain my fitness level, which I am managing... just, I think. I have been out at least once a week on average since graduation, even with snow on the ground. The problem I'm having is that my nice canal towpath summer route is a muddy quagmire, so I'm having to stick to road-based routes now, and roads aren't nice and flat like towpaths tend to be. Because of the local geography, there's no flat run anywhere near me, so I have to run uphill then down, which is a bit of a killer sometimes. But I'm still running, and still enjoying it for the most part, though today was maybe somewhat of a challenge!
Because of things various going on in real life, I hadn't been able to go for a run since last Wednesday. I set off this morning after a decent lie in, brekky and a cup of tea and an hour or so break to digest the food. OK Ok, 2 cups of tea maybe. Mugs, not cups! I digress...
So I set off up hill but doing the reverse of my usual route just for a change, as I think the hills are more gradual. No problem, but of course the second half of the run then was a gentle downhill, and according to my stats, I was at about 6 minutes / km, which is too fast for me. Yes Oldfloss I know!!! Normally if I notice I'm going too fast, I slow down, but then I remembered I was about to pass a cash machine, and I needed cash for a trip I'm going on tomorrow, so of course I came to a dead stop. And had to wait for about 5 or 6 minutes whilst 2 ladies had a full-on discussion in front of the thing whilst getting their cash out. During the wait I started to feel awful, really sick and light-headed. I don't normally feel like that on a run, and began to wonder if I was coming down with a stomach bug or something. I got my cash, and walked, very slowly, to the nearest park bench and had a rest for a few minutes, then managed to walk home, slowly!
After a cuppa and a shower I was feeling back to my normal self again, and I suspect what happened may have been due to the sudden stop without a warm down. I wasn't expecting to stop for longer than about 30 seconds.
I'm not at all sure I know what happened, but I'm certainly going to try and avoid sudden stops in the future. I know I can run, I enjoy running, this was just a minor setback. Not every run will be perfect.
That's enough of me for now, thanks for listening everyone!