Laura tells us that there are good runs and bad runs, and the reason is a mystery -- we shouldn't try to understand why. Actually, I do know why Thursday's run was a bad one.
It was my first time attempting the Stamina podcast. Based on entries I have ready here, I accepted that it would be a bit challenging. What I wasn't prepared for was doing it in freezing rain. I overcompensated for the cold by wearing too many layers; the hat could come off mid-run, but the jacket was definitely overkill. Also, I foolishly used the opportunity of a new podcast to choose a new running route -- probably a bad idea in the dark (and freezing rain). My choice of path needed to be adjusted mid-course, when I suddenly felt like I was running across an ice rink -- as Simon & Garfunkel put it, I found myself slip sliding away. Whoops! And if that wasn't bad enough, my impromptu diversion from ice led me down the tallest hill in Oxford. Which was okay at the beginning... but it meant I had to go back up the hill later on. Of course, the [up] hill running would coincide with Laura informing me that it was time to step up the pace to 165 beats per minute. Of course it would.
So, yeah, not much mystery there. Thursday was a bad run due to (a) cold, (b) rain, (c) ice, (d) hill, (e) all of the above.
I did finish the run. Although I tried to keep on the beat as best I could, I know that I didn't succeed. According to MapMyRun, I went a whopping 4.2 km in the 35 minutes of the podcast. That's a whole lot slower than I've been running these days. Can't imagine why.
I'll still count this as a win for finishing it all... but I think I need another go at Stamina to properly assess it.
Stayed tuned, my friends, for part two of this series. With a title like "The Good", you know it has to get better!