A Bit Of A Slog

This morning’s run was a bit of a slog. I’ve been taking it easy this week after the Brighton Half, so I didn’t really have any goals in mind, other than that I would do at least 5K.

I headed out at around 9:00 am. It was bright and sunny outside, and the temperature seems to have lifted a bit, so I didn’t wear as many layers as usual – I figured that a t-shirt and thin running jacket would be plenty.

As I headed towards the seafront, I decided to start running a bit earlier than usual and set off at a faster than usual pace. I knew right away that it was probably too fast, but I told myself that some speed work would be good after all the long slow running that I’ve been doing recently.

I kept the pace going as I headed east along the seafront with the wind behind me, but pretty soon I started to feel too hot. I didn’t want to slow my pace too much to take my jacket off, so I decided to keep going until I reached my walk break at around 2.5K.

This was also my turnaround point and, for the first few minutes it felt really nice running into the cool breeze. But then something went wrong. I don’t know if it was because I’d set off too fast, or if it was because I had overheated in the first half of the run, but I just didn’t feel good.

Rather than stop completely, I decided to slow down and take more frequent walk breaks. I was heading back home anyway, so I thought I might as well jog for some of it. This seemed to help and, although I still didn’t feel great, I still managed to complete the 5K in just under 34 minutes – including the few minutes when I popped in to the public toilets and forgot to pause the Garmin!

So, all in all, not a great run. But these things happen from time to time and I feel fine now.

Next week, it’s back to marathon training. Only six weeks to go!

How’s your training going? How do you deal with a bad run? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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10 thoughts on “A Bit Of A Slog”

  1. I had a tough run this weekend too… everything just felt off, and lots of things hurt. It was discouraging, but I keep hearing from running veterans that not every run will be awesome, so I’m just looking forward to my next one and hoping it will be better 🙂 I hope your next one is better too!

    1. Hi. Yes, the next one was much better, thanks. I basically went out too fast when I should have been recovering. Lesson learned!
      I hope your next one goes better too. 🙂

  2. It’s annoying when it doesn’t go right isn’t it? I had a hissy fit the other day because I went a mile & got fed up! Well done for getting out. Beating those folk sat on the sofa 🙂 and awesome news about the marathon! What are you doing?

    1. It’s true. Even a crappy mile is better than sitting on the couch all day. 😉
      I’m doing the Brighton Marathon in 6 weeks time – my first one, so very excited and nervous too. Should be fun though. 🙂

      1. Honestly? A little bit terrified! But, yes, I’m really excited about it – I always thought running a marathon took super human powers, but now I’m starting to realise that might actually be something that I could do, as long as I stick to the training. 🙂

      2. Aww! Your blog speaks volumes about your prep so I reckon you’ll fly it! Are you running with anyone? Yeah? Its amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it! 🙂 think how awesome you’ll feel when you’ve done it?!

      3. Thank you. 🙂 I’m running on my own, which I like to do as it clears my head – also, everyone I know who runs is much faster than I am. 😉
        Still, I hope to catch up with some of them afterwards to share the awesomeness. 🙂

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