I woke up very early, and, very briefly, considered going for a run, but didn't manage to persuade myself to get up, so when I did eventually drag myself out of bed I was in a bad mood for missing the opportunity. Not so clever! Maybe I need to try the putting out the clothes routine, just in case I wake early - lying brooding certainly isn't the best way to start the day.
Maybe that was partly why I had such a yukky run when I did get round to it, mid afternoon. Perhaps it was too soon after lunch. Maybe I was tired from waking up early. Maybe I'm slightly offcolour - bit of a tickly cough, though it didn't bother me when running. Whatever it was, I had really heavy legs, despite running slower than the last few runs, and it being flat. I ran alongside the canal, so it wasn't tedious roads, it wasn't rainy or dark... I just didn't enjoy it much.
Then my garmin went to sleep for some reason, and at about 12 minutes in, I stopped and walked - first time I've done that since my first run round the parkrun route about 3 weeks ago, when I set off too fast. After a few minutes walking I decided to start running again, but really slowly - I decided it was better to have run at all, than to just walk, and I kept going so the total running came to about 30 minutes, but it was really very tedious!
Perhaps I'd have kept going if the garmin hadn't played up, but that seems a bit of a weak reason to have stopped. Maybe the canalside is harder than I'd thought - come to think of it, one of my earlier harder runs was by the canal - maybe being able to see so far ahead is offputting, even though it's flat. Or, goodness, maybe I do better when it isn't flat?
Or maybe it was just as bad run because of a combination of little things - or even just nothing at all. Still, it was good when I got back from the run that I talked to someone else who runs (on a treadmill) and she'd had a really good run followed by a really bad one, and that helped me put it into a bit of perspective.
I still ran for 30 minutes, and that in itself is a success.
Earlier today I got sent a link to this blog (about weight loss, but it applies to being fitter, just as much):
and I liked these comments in it:
"Losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle is not easy. But being out of shape, unhealthy and overweight isn't easy, either. So choose your hard!"
"To me, success is not just reaching the goal. I think that success happens with each and every step you make towards the goal!"
So - even though it wasn't a lot of fun (at all!), it was a success.
I hope the next one's a whole lot better though!