I was quite encouraged last week when I ran 25 minutes (first time ever, using my own music) while I was still coughing and sneezing, but Saturday's run was dire. I thought I'd go somewhere new, that I thought was fairly flat (I clearly didn't cast my 'runners' eye over it previously). It wasn't and I really felt it. To be fair, there were a number of 'different' things surrounding that run. I didn't have my customary banana beforehand, instead I had two weetabix, it was an hour or so later than my usual run time, and I'd had a large (very) glass of white wine the night before - I remember from my weight training days that only one or two glasses would knock my performance by about 40%. I did go to the gym straight after and spent 30 minutes on the cycle and rounded off with a couple of lengths of the pool to minimise the muscle ache the next day.
Today I tackled W7R3, despite the constant drizzle - actually that was the best bit. I thought that last Thursday's good run may have been more to do with listening to my own music, so decided to try that again. To some extent it helped, but again, I chose a different place to run, which I realised pretty quickly was not very flat. I know that some of you live in proper hilly places, and I know that I'm a total wuss, but really, I was so knackered the whole way through, I could have given up at 5 minutes. Of course, I didn't give up. And I did feel good afterwards (soaked, but good)
Perhaps I'm just not as recovered as I thought from the cold and am being a bit harsh on myself. I really was out of energy afterwards, I nipped home for late breakfast and then went to the gym, but I stopped cycling after only 15 minutes and did a few lengths in the pool instead, before my restorative Yin Yoga class (I didn't fall asleep this time :-o)
I'm sure a good night sleep and a day of rest will have me back to my chirpy self! Two hours booked at the hairdressers tomorrow, time to catch up on some reading while I get pampered