I came back from my consolidation run last night telling myself it was a bad run, that I was a rubbish runner, and that it was no good blaming my neighbour's dogs for running with us and getting in my way - it was all down to me being rubbish. Who did I think I was fooling with all this C25K malarkey? I'll never really be a runner.
After a good night's sleep and a browse around this forum, I'm looking at the run from a different perspective. I am not a rubbish runner, but I am a very very new runner, and I still have a lot to learn. What I am rubbish at is HYDRATION! Yes, the key to those heavy legs that weighed me down last night could very well be due, at least in part, to having a mug of milky coffee for breakfast (not with breakfast, for breakfast), another one when I got to work and then ... um, half a glass of water with lunch. So, around half a litre. I have a lot of caffeine free diet drinks in the evening, post run, possibly a litre, but as a general rule my liquid intake is only about 1.5 litres a day. Tap water here is foul, so I went out at lunchtime and bought a massive bottle of sugar-free squash to sit on my desk at work and guilt-trip me into drinking more.
Another reason I'm feeling less down on myself after last night's run is that on checking Strava, although I found it impossible to run consistently for more than about 8 minutes at a stretch last night, and walked a few times for 2 or 3 minutes, my pace was almost exactly the same as normal. So, perhaps when I was running, I was going faster (too fast, too early?) or perhaps my walking pace has improved a lot. Either way, it leads me to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a bad run.