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.