The curse of the midday sun

fullsizerender-38I haven’t had a run I’ve not been pleased with for quite some time now. In fact, looking at my log, it seems the last one was 25 runs ago back at the start of October.

So here we are at the end of November and I’ve had another one. Surely that’s not a bad ‘hit’ rate, is it?

And my run today wasn’t anywhere near as awful as that aforementioned one at the beginning of last month, I’m just not happy with it in comparison to what I’ve been doing lately.

But that happens, and when it does I tend to find that it heralds better things to come.

All the signs were there. It was cold and frosty but walking to my normal starting point I could barely see where I was going because the bright sun was so very low in the sky, right in my line of vision.

I turned to run with the sun at my back and it suddenly felt lovely and warm ….. until I went around a corner and the blasted thing might as well have blinded me in one eye! I was running on a very frosty uneven footpath and having limited vision meant my gaze kept switching between looking where I was going and glancing down at my footing.

This, as a result, broke my concentration and it meant I lost the battle between my brain and my legs. My ankles hurt, my legs hurt. They always do at the start but I usually have the mental strength to ignore it, just not today. I kept going, however, without stopping and tried to make up a route on the hoof that kept the sun out of my way as much as possible.

Then I had to stop for traffic. One car was ok ….. but two, three, four, five in a row? In a quiet residential estate? Give me a break!

That was it. I was gone. It really is easier to keep going but once you give in it’s very difficult to pick up the momentum again, especially when you’ve already been irritated.

I pushed on to do a couple of miles to make it at least worthwhile. Pace wise it wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible either, just not as good as I’ve been managing recently.

However, as I said, when this happens it usually means better things to come and, being philosophical about it, I reckon I need this every so often to reset my determination and focus.

I’ll go again.

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