I almost didn’t make this run today as I slept in and nearly decided to just roll over and go back to sleep. What got me there was that I had made the decision that this was the run that was going to get me back on track. I managed to get out the door by 7am. After parking and registering, I made my way to the traditional toilet queue 😆 After about 10 minutes with the line moving very slowly and after each person coming out saying, “eeewww grosssss”, I decided to make my way to one of the toilets on Royal Parade. Just wasn’t sure I could face anything gross that early in the morning! I had 20 minutes up my sleeve so went for a jog there and back. As I was approaching the start line, I realised that they were about to start any second so I didn’t get time to get my breathe back. My watch must have been 5 minutes slow 🙄
I struggled today 😦 I know I haven’t ran since the 10km Sussan run but I wasn’t expecting it to feel quite so bad. At 2kms I felt as though I needed to walk and the self talk at this stage was very abusive! I managed to hold off until the drink station and then walked for 1 minute. My lower back has been giving me quite a bit of grief even though I haven’t been doing any form of exercise. I thought maybe rest might help it but it hasn’t at all. I also think driving back from Lakes Entrance for 3 and 1/2 hours non stop on Thursday may have aggravated it as well. Anyway, started running again and had another walk break at the incline just after the underpass 😦 At this stage I was feeling very disgruntled with performance. Finished in 32 minutes 😳 I know I can do better than that!
I was talking to one of the Coolrunner’s afterwards and I said to him that I couldn’t believe that I had ran a half marathon only 3 months ago and I struggled more today than I did in that. He said to me, “don’t look back, just look forward”………. I really liked that comment and thats what I am going to do. Needless to say, I have a physio appointment on Thursday 🙄
It was just what I needed today, to get out there with all the other runners and have a good chat afterwards. There are some really inspiring people in the running community and even though I am not fantastic at running, I love being a part of it 😀