Feeling a bit demotivated tonight though I really don't know why!
I set off on my run after work as usual. I'd been dying to get back out and spent my rest day yesterday getting really jealous of all the runners out and about!
Anyway, I hadn't thought too much about W5R3, tried to be realistic about it and just take it as it came. However I must admit when Laura was doing her pre-run speech, I actually felt butterflies in my stomach!
The first 10 minutes were ok; I enjoyed the first 6-7 and felt I was settling in well. Somehow I knew Laura was going to provide some encouragement at the 10th minute and I wish she'd held off until the 11th or 12th so it would've been more than half way!
Whether it was psychological or not, the next 3 minutes or so were difficult. I had to really watch my step as I was barely lifting my feet off the ground and was scared of tripping. 13-15 minutes felt good again.
But then the last 5 minutes hit. It. Was. Tough. I really struggled through. My hips hurt, my ribs hurt and I adopted the most ungainly and rather alarming posture whereby I was slumped over as if reading something I'd written on my shins! When I tried to straighten up, I emitted a small wail as if I was about to start crying!
Then came the phlegm. I could feel it all getting stuck in my throat and couldn't swallow it down again, which made me panic, so I had to spit it out on the footpath which is such a bug bear of mine! Once the phlegm was cleared, I swallowed a fly, which had me coughing and spluttering for another 30 seconds.
You'd think all this would have distracted me from the running, but no, I felt every step. I tried to zone out as I have done successfully on other runs but it just wasn't happening.
Eventually, 20 minutes was done. I expected to feel so elated and for the post-run endorphins to kick in but again, it wasn't to be. I didn't expect to feel so deflated and it worries me. I actually felt much much more excited running the 2x8 minute stints in W5R2.
I hate being so negative, so i'll try to end with some positives:
*Even though I didn't enjoy it or feel excited, I still ran for 20 minutes. Fact.
*I recovered a lot quicker.
*My post-run face is now a vibrant pink colour rather than beetroot.
*I have ran 15 times in the last 5 weeks which is more than I ever have in my 28 years of being.
Onwards and upwards....hopefully.