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Stawell Marathon (1st, 2:29)
I journeyed to Terrigal Haven for the regular 6:00am track session and afterwards set out for my own planned run of 16km. It didn't go well. The two steep hills in the first kilometre are always a hard way to start a run, but usually, once I reach the ridge above Terrigal I start to feel warmed up and begin to move better. That didn't happen this morning, when every step seemed a struggle and every breath an effort. After a couple of kilometres, I began to question the wisdom of completing 16km, especially on the planned hilly course, and after 3km I made the decision to return to The Haven via the shortest route.
The last 3km, run at a very slow pace, were tough. I was short of breath, heavy-legged and sweating profusely, especially round the head, and very glad I had chosen the short route back. It took me about 37 minutes to run the 6km and I'm now convinced I have some kind of bug. My chest feels weak and I lack energy. Hopefully, it's just a short-term thing. I can't really be bothered going to see the doctor. My right Achilles tendon was also quite sore for the whole run, and I just don't feel like I can take a trick at the moment. I would like to have just one day where I feel like I am running well and it seems like months (and is months) since that happened.
From experience, I know that I must keep running through this period, perhaps taking it a bit easier until I feel healthier, but generally sticking to my training regime, and eventually things will stabilise and running will become more enjoyable. I also need to remind myself how unhappy I was when I couldn't run at all, and count my blessings. I'm a believer in the body sorting itself out if you give it time and am hopeful that, in another month, the current period will be just a bad memory.