Today's run (Wk7R1) is definitely up there as one of my worst runs so far. I chose a different route today that was closer to home along a cycle path, but compared to my usual views of a beach front, I found today's route to be unbelievably boring. I think because the whole route looked the same, so I had no sense of distance and I couldn't compare my distance/speed with my previous runs. I was also running on my own today (I normally run with my Dad), which I found a lot harder than I thought. I now have a new-found respect for independent runners!
I started off with my warm-up walk, which was interrupted by a group of school-aged tourists. Once I had finally overtaken them, one of them shouted at me to 'start running'! Let's just say this didn't put me in a very good mood. Then when I started running, I found it so bad that I gave up after about 15 minutes. I was going at what felt like snail's pace up until then - great! When I turned round at the halfway point, I saw that the path goes uphill. I've never run on a hill before! Ok, so it was probably only a 'slight incline' if anyone else was to look at it, but this hill seemed to go on... and on... and on! Hence why I mentally told it, and the podcast (sorry Laura!) where to go.
Honestly, I probably could have finished the run if I had really set my mind to it, but my legs were tired, I felt out of energy (I only had half a banana before I came out) and all I wanted to do was slow down and walk. But stopping is the worst thing you could possibly do, especially if you know you can finish it. I spent most of the way back walking, but had short bursts of jogging when I felt like it. I also felt that listening to my own blaring music made me feel a tiny bit better, but my legs still felt like they were made of lead.
I feel completely de-motivated after today. I managed the same run on Sunday absolutely fine, which hasn't helped me feel better about this morning. I'm hoping that after a days rest, I can try the run again (with my Dad for company and motivation) and feel a wee bit better about attempting my first Park Run on Saturday
P.S - Sorry for moaning and whining for so long!