This was a strange one, a run of two halves really.
As well as being my second Loch Ness Marathon training run, it was also the conclusion of week seven of the C25K programme I’ve been following to get my running back into some sort of structure.
That meant it was a 20-minute run, and because I had planned on doing three miles (for the marathon training element) it effectively required me to repeat the C25K session immediately afterwards.
So, the first 20-minutes, no issues whatsoever. It was a warm evening, so I took it easy with my focus more on getting finished as opposed to running with at any sort of decent pace.
However, my concentration waned considerably over the second 20-minutes. Because the C25K schedule didn’t actually call for it I found myself really struggling mentally with it and barely a couple of minutes in I decided just to switch to run/walk to get me home. The route – dual carriageway/industrial estate loop – didn’t help either. I was bored.
I didn’t like doing it but yet it didn’t feel like I’d failed. If the programme had called for a second 20-minute block then I would have done it, but it didn’t so I allowed a little bit of self doubt to creep in.
But I’m choosing to focus on the positive. I completed the week, and I completed another training run. Boxes ticked, job done, move on.
Playlist: You Take Me Up (Thompson Twins), Valentine (T’Pau), The Number of the Beast (Iron Maiden), Don’t You (Forget About Me) (Simple Minds), Going Underground (The Jam), Loves Great Adventure (Ultravox), House of Fun (Madness), I Got You (Split Enz), Pretty in Pink (Psychedelic Furs), I Don’t Like Monday’s (Boomtown Rats), Waterfront (Simple Minds), Dance Hall Days (Wang Chung), Golden Brown (The Stranglers)