Set back on Saturday (took a wee walk after 20 mins) and disappointment at Sport Relief Mile on Sunday (finished the 3.4 miles, but tough going on a rutted track) left me doubting myself. Took a step back to week 7 this evening, but it went so well I just kept on running to the 5k mark. Absolutely no problems - got through without a hint of wanting to walk ... and a time of under 30 mns for the 3.1 mies! WAHOO.
So what went wrong at the weekend? I think it was probably down to the off-road conditions on the SR Mile but also due to taking a new route. No way points, benchmarks all lost. So brain didn't know how far to go and probably went off the rails. Getting back to my regular route put everything back in place and it all went like clockwork.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? Or a psychiatrist who understands and can explain these things?
On the other hand, maybe it was just the evening sunshine. Or the very fetching shorts I bought to celebrate the return of better weather? Whatever, it feels great to be back on track and enjoying the runs again.