Since I started running, I’ve found there are good runs, runs I would rather forget, and runs that dont go to plan… and yesterdays run definitely did NOT go to plan.
I managed to squeeze two short runs in the week around work commitments, but yesterday I’d planned to do my long run. In hindsight I think I pushed myself a bit hard on my run a few days ago and my body hadnt totally recovered. Lesson learnt.🤦♀️
Last weeks long run was 7 miles, so this week I was aiming for 8 miles. I always listen to my body rather than focusing solely on the distance. I’m happy to adjust my plan as I go. I dont want an injury and I need to look after myself for the next 7 months…
Yesterday, things didn’t start well….
My legs were heavy, my breathing was a struggle, and my body felt like I had the energy levels of an empty duracell battery. And then I checked my watch, and I’d not even reached 1 mile in distance. 🤦♀️ Oh sh*t, I knew my plan had to change, and quickly.
So I came up with a new plan – slow my pace and run a continuous 5k (3.1miles), then turn and head for home, even if it meant walking some of the way whilst I scoffed the jelly beans in my pocket.
I wont lie, the first 2 miles were bloody awful (as they always are), but as I approached mile 3, my body suddenly stopped complaining. It was like a switch in my brain had flipped and I felt fine. So I decided to continue a bit further…
Before I knew it, I’d run 5.5 continuous miles and ended up in Wadebridge! Honestly, I felt like I could have gone further but decided to save that for another day.
Briefly pausing to take photos, I then turned and ran back in the direction of my car that was parked in Padstow.
The journey back was pretty good, until I caught a tiny glimpse of Padstow in the distance and remembered how far it was to get back to the car?! 🤭
So my original plan for 8 miles was exceeded today, as I ended up doing 11 miles, despite thinking that I would struggle to complete 3 miles at the beginning.
I also ran continuously for 1 hour before a brief pause, and then running a continuous hour back. 11 miles in 2hours 2mins. Yes, it was slow, but I did it 👍
My determination to succeed massively outweighs my fear of failure.
And all this before my first coffee (and Gizmo cuddle) of the day… 😆
Thanks to everyone who had already donated towards my fundraising efforts, but of course I’m still a long way off my target to help The Cats Protection League in my local area…
🏃♀️ 196 days until race day 🏃♀️
💰 £1,810 left to raise 💰