Well what a day I've had! Got up very early and set out for my final run of week 7 in the dark and dingy weather feeling more positive than I have and with my own playlist ready to go. Things immediately started to go wrong when the playlist kept skipping from song to song during my walk which distracted me but I got it sorted. I started out the run and immediately everything felt really different and not in a good way. I selected the songs late last night and for some stupid unknown reason, chose stuff that is entirely unsuitable for running! My pace was al over the place and although I made it to 13 minutes I could feel a familiar pain developing under my ribs. My usual route involves a bit of a nasty hill just after the halfway point and I started up it and just gave up. Simple as that, just gave up and in my mind I said to myself 'I can't be arsed'.
WHAT???? After all the hard graft I'd put in to get this far, suddenly now I can't be arsed? So I trudged home with the familiar stomach cramps but no retching although if I had carried on no doubt that would have followed. I gave myself a pretty stern talking to on that walk and resolved not only to try again this evening but not to let it ruin my day.
Luckily I taught some really good classes today with not too many admin hassles. (The C25K teachers out there will relate to just how destructive admin hassles can be ;)) Came home after a meeting, changed and sat down to plan a totally different route. I didn't fancy the park and old railway line I usually use due to the time of day and too many chances for verbal abuse from youths that have nothing better to do with their time. So I decided to pound the local pavements instead and mapped out a loop that measured just a fraction under 1k.
So off I went, back to trusty old Laura - why did I ever doubt her? - and I felt different again but in a good way. One lap turned into two, then three and then four. I was half way through the fifth lap when Laura calls time already. Huh? Where did that 25 minutes just go? But I wasn't finished on the final lap so I dug in and managed to complete it. FIVE laps done, then I checked my stats. 4.8k in 28 mins 10 secs!!!!! I cannot believe the difference this evening has made. Finally I have the breakthrough I was looking for. I always felt I could run 5k under 30 minutes and now I know that I can and I'm hoping it might even come by the end of week 8.
This has been a tough couple of running weeks for me, but I've ridden it through and perhaps this mornings nadir was exactly what I needed to pick myself up and try something new! I'll definitely be sticking to this route for a while now - especially on work days. Plus that was my very first evening run ever!! I'll be doing more of those too!!!