Stepping stones and coming home

Today's run really didn't go well. On Monday it was frosty, so I put on my base layer with a T-shirt over the top. Then just as I was about the leave I realised it was raining so threw on my jacket, and as I was setting off about 30 minutes earlier than usual, my hi-viz vest too. So I ended up wearing 4 layers. As I left, I knew I'd probably overheat, but decided I could take layers off as I went.

So I set off and had my first attempt at the stepping stones podcast. I found it really difficult and wasn't enjoying it at all. As I ran along the busy-ish country road I usual use, I got to a section where the street lights ended, the trees become overgrown and the frequent traffic disappeared. As I was out earlier than usual, the sun hadnt started coming up yet, and for whatever reason I started to freak myself out. I'd already been struggling with the podcast and my thighs not wanting to move properly, and this was almost the final straw. I decided to turn round as I didnt want to go any further without being able to see around me, and turned my ipod off. And, the only good thing to come out of it was that I ran back up that hill faster than I've ever done it before! I felt like I was in a horror film. The rain dripping off the leaves was making a rustling noise, and although it was all in my head I'd had enough.

So I aborted the run and came back home. I'd done about 3k in total. I'm a little disappointed in the fact that I havent got that exhausted feeling I usually have, however I'm still pleased I got out there and did something. Every little counts right?!

I also had time to think about what this programme's done for me - not only being able to run, but the fact I'm sleeping better, waking at 6am with no alarm and I was losing weight (until I went on holiday). So, I'm not feeling dejected, I went out there and tried my best, but it just wasnt my day today. But I'll definitely be giving it another go on Thursday.

4 Replies

  • Ooooh Slater, does sound a bit spooky!! But you are right, 3k is certainy nothing to turn your nose up at; you were still active. I only did just over 3k on Sunday as I just couldnt get my breath but was still pleased with myself for getting out there. I'm sure Thursday will be a lot better.


    p.s. Hope you had a good holiday!

  • Thanks, holiday was great, but ate and drank too much, so I really have to be out there getting the kms in!

  • 3 k is nothing to turn your nose up at! Better than a kick up the derriere. Well done Slater!

    I do know how you feel about spooky darkness though, happened to me yesterday at around 5pm... scary, I was the only person in the middle of nowhere! WELL DONE, Delia

  • Slater, sometimes no matter how much we can prepare, the run will stink. You went out, you tried your best and I bet the next run will be great! I'm not so much afraid of the dark, but I really don't like it either...I start hearing noises and seeing shadows, I can't blame you for running up that hill fast! Best wishes to you for a better next run! Gayle

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