When my daughter was younger our house was full of the singing of Troy and Gabriella, I'm sure many of you can empathise.
On todays run, however, it can safely be said that my Head was not in the Game!
I think it was a combination of a number of things:
- not running for 5 days
- spending a lot of time on my legs over the weekend
- stiff legs and sore knees
- damp humid weather
- thinking of others
The weather today is damp and humid, which made it slippery underfoot. I was speaking to a former olympian over the weekend (get me) and he advised running on grass to save my knees. but I think wet grass wasn't the best of ideas, so I went back to the path. I decided to put on my lightweight running jacket but whilst this helped with the dampness it didn't help with the warmth - lesson learnt.
I actually started off well, and as I entered the second kilometre I felt good....however at just after 2k everything started to get more difficult. Breathing was harder, legs were heavier, knees jarring.
I decided to take the advice of Sam2.0 an reduced speed and returned to Jeffing. I needed to get around the course (plus by now I was nearly 2.5k from where I parked the car).
Running what I could, and walking the rest got me through the next 2.5k and back to where I set off from. It was only then I checked my time and distance tracker, only to find I was nearly 2 minutes faster than my last run, where I didn't walk at all! Clearly I had set off at a faster pace......
Over the weekend I was at a number of events and had fun talking to people about my running journey. It still seems strange to be able to have an actual conversation with other runners and know exactly what I am talking about.
It was lovely to meet some of the members of the South Wales Running Community in person. I love being part of their online group, and to be able to put a face to a name was fantastic.
Let's hope the next run will be a bit easier, although I've seen the forecast and the word heatwave was mentioned.....
After 24 years of helping others to achieve their running goals - it is now my time.