Last night my legs were still a little achey from Monday's run so I wasn't sure running today was a good idea.
However when I woke there were no more aches and thought I was good to go.
Seems my body had other ideas and on reflection I think I should have given myself an extra day.
I had already decided to stay close to home and avoid trotting around the racecourse. First mistake I reckon.
Instead, I opted for the lanes and bridle paths across the fields at the back of my place. I'm so used to walking them every day with the dogs and don't pay much attention to the incline that leads up Cleeve Hill. Today however I'll admit that I struggled. The wind was in my face heading up the first field and I found myself catching my breath when it hit me full force. My breathing ended up all the over shop and I found myself really panting which I haven't done in a long time. As a result, I found the first 15 minutes tough going today. I felt like I was running in sand and just couldn't find my stride. I was all over the place.
I had also forgotten about the numerous stiles that I had to go up and over aswell so I didn't do myself any favours at all.
I couldn't wait to get back onto the flat of the lanes which allowed me to adjust my breathing and settle down for the first time in this run.
Amazingly I did feel better towards the end of the run and then felt like carrying on.
But today definitely wasn't a day for pushing it. Learned my lesson.
I was a lot slower today than on Monday and have decided that unless I feel 100% on Friday then a two day rest might be better.
Definitely lacking the Burkey energy today. The force most definitely was NOT with me. 🤨
However, let's find some positives here!
I still finished the run.
I recognised the signs my body was giving me and knew I needed to sort myself out.
I didn't give up mentally so another battle won.
I recovered quickly in the end.
One more run to go to graduate. 😱
Good luck to everyone out there today, keep the faith. Remember it's usually your mind that fails you, not your body. You're stronger than you realise xx