This one is for E27 who is feeling low. I was going to wait a bit longer before unveiling the graph in the picture, but now seems to be a good time.
Are you sitting comfortably?! The x-axis (horizontal line) shows how I was feeling during the run itself, and the day after. The y-axis (the vertical) travels from despair to buzzing, passing through doubt, neutrality, and positivity.
As you will see, the C25k journey is somewhat of a bumpy ride, and three times I have found myself in the pit of despair, or the slough of despondency. However! Five times I have risen to buzzing heights. Positivity is the dominant force and the polynomial curve shows a gentle upward trajectory.
Extrapolating from this data: Running can be really hard sometimes. It affects your mood. Sometimes it’s great. It gets better over time. 😜
Regarding the run tonight: I was really looking forward to it as this was my Tuesday night on the athletics track. I really, really, really like this holiday from the hills. Then yesterday I was laid a bit low with a headache, a stomach and a bladder. I will say no more, other than I had a miserable, uncomfortable night thinking about whether I am young enough to have ‘early’ onset menopause. This morning I took my son to school, took a day off work, took a pill and lay in a dark room waiting for the pounding in my head to subside. I don’t usually suffer from headaches - thank HEAVEN. For those of you who do, you are complete troopers. It’s miserable.
So my expectations for this run were very low. I mean - I took a book and reading glasses and a thermos, as well as the running shoes.
The internet told me I should not not run with a headache as it would compound the pounding. The internet also told me it might help. So I started, completely without expectation. And guess what? The headache cleared, I felt good, and my average pace matched my best ever 1km pace for 4 whole kilometres.
I don’t need a graph to tell me, after 7 weeks of this, that my next run, or the one after that, is likely to be hard. And I hope after that hard run, I will remember that the run after that, or the one after that, will be buzzing.
Happy running, chaps 👟👟👟👟👟👟