I’ve been feeling lousy since yesterday’s run. Not because of the run itself, but because I started getting a cold and my sinuses were killing me. To be fair, it has been coming on for a few days now but came to a head yesterday afternoon with the result that I really didn’t feel like doing my run this morning.
I woke up at 8am, which is late for me even at the weekend, and decided that, apart from my sinuses feeling rubbish, it was too late to go out. I could always start Week 6 tomorrow. No big deal as you are supposed to leave a day between runs on C25K – I just do two at the weekend because I prefer to run in the morning.
Anyway, I made myself some coffee and logged in to WordPress to see what everyone else was up to. As usual, I read a whole load of inspiring stories from people doing anything from C25K up to marathon training and I realised that I was being stupid.
I ran for twenty minutes non-stop yesterday and all I had to do today was a couple of five minute runs with an eight minute run in the middle. Was I really going to let my sniffly sinuses get in the way of that? Of course not!
So, I grabbed my trainers and a huge wad of toilet roll (I didn’t have any tissues) and headed for the seafront just after 9:00 am. To be honest, the run wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Perhaps it was the fear of my nose running faster than I was (which it didn’t) or the fact that having run twenty minutes non-stop yesterday I thought I had super human powers (which I clearly don’t) that made it tough. I’m not sure, but I did get through it and I feel so much better as a result.
Yes, I still have horrible itchy sinuses, but they feel better than they did when I first woke up this morning, so maybe it did me some good in that sense. The main thing though, is that I got my run in. And the thing that made me do it was reading other people’s blogs and comments. It really does make a huge difference.
I’m going to have nice hot Lemsip now and chill out for the rest of the day. So, thanks for your words of encouragement. Have a great weekend and feel free to leave a comment or a link to your blog.