I was feeling really positive about today’s run all morning - but somehow once we got to the afternoon and time to actually get ready to go, procrastination set in! Eventually though I stirred myself and headed off. I don’t like carrying my phone in my hand for the longer runs so picked up my arm band as I went out.
First issue: I’d forgotten that my phone in its usual case is too big to fit in the arm band, so I ended up carrying the empty case anyway. Then after about 7 mins of running, my headphones ran out of juice. Gah. So I stopped briefly to change over to the podcast just playing through my phone very quietly so I could only just hear it.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, I never settled into the run properly. In the last 7-8 minutes of running I took two more short walk breaks.
But there are still plenty of positives to take away:
* despite the issues with my phone and headphones I did keep going, even through I was very tempted to turn round and go home!
* I still ran for probably 21 mins in total
* I ran!
And, looking at what RunKeeper tells me about it, I think it seems fairly clear that the reason it felt so difficult is that I was going a bit quicker than usual - despite it feeling slow and heavy! This doesn’t entirely surprise me - it’s what’s been the case for similar runs on the past - so at least there’s an explanation.
Next time, I’ll hopefully manage to slow down slightly again back to my normal speed, and get through the whole thing.