Ok, so perhaps last week’s plan to pick up from where I left off wasn’t such a great idea. While I enjoyed last Monday’s run and didn’t really mind that I had to break down the final ten minute running segment with some walks, I didn’t run again for the rest of the week.
The reason for this poor attempt at a comeback? I lost my confidence. Plain and simple.
Last Monday’s run wasn’t easy. It was slow. Much slower that I have been used to, probably because I had been out of action for a few weeks, and I didn’t want to have another run where I walked at the wrong times. I also had to work late last week and was feeling pretty exhausted.
I know my fitness level has dropped through not running and the virus that I had hasn’t helped. But I don’t want to make excuses. I want to run and I want to run knowing that I can achieve what I’m supposed to achieve each time.
To do this, I need to get back into a routine and, much as I hate to admit it, go back to a run that I know I can complete. So, today I went back to Week 6, Day 1.
The run started off well. I got into a nice easy pace and focussed on my breathing from the start, which made this first five minute running segment pretty easy. Having three minutes to get my breath back before the eight minute run really helped and gave me just enough energy to get through it. But the final five minutes was tough.
I almost stopped a couple of times, but I knew I could do it. I’d done it before so it was just a matter of carrying on. Slowly. One foot in front of the other until I’d finished. And I did finish. Slowly, yes. But I did finish.
So, lessons learned? Stick to the program. Stick to the schedule. And if I miss a week or two, pick it up again by repeating a run that I know I can do.
I have another busy week at work ahead of me, but no matter what happens, I need to make sure I get a run in midweek. It will probably be a repeat of today’s run, just to get myself back to where I was before, but it will be worth it.
Have you ever had to repeat a run or a whole week? How do you feel about doing the same run or week all over again? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.