43 year old male here, 183cm tall and 95KG weight.
I'm trying to run 20km per week (1,000 km in 2012) for general health and fitness reasons. I generally do 2 x 7km treadmill runs early morning (6am - 7am) in the gym which take about 51 minutes + one outdoor 6km run at the weekend with an average pace of 6 mins 20 secs per KM. I also do a basic weights programme 2-3 mornings a week.
To keep me motivated I have entered a number of fun run / races starting with the Marlay park 8km next Saturday.
I did an outdoor 6km run Thursday evening and again Friday evening. They were tough but I recovered quickly afterwards and felt good afterwards.
I rested yesterday (well played 18 holes of golf but that's not too tiring is it!!), had a nice hot bath last night to treat my legs in preparation for what was going to be a 7.5km run this morning.
Got up at 8am, ate a banana, drank a pint of water and hit the road. It was bloody freezing and stupidly I went out in shorts and a short sleeve top with a woolly hat but no gloves. I'd been out before in the cold, wore too many clothes and got too hot so I figured I'd warm up quickly on this 'longer' run.
I never got going. My legs felt like jelly and despite telling myself I'd warm up and get into a nice rhythm I never did and ended up shortening my run to get back home in 3.8km.
Maybe this is just a once off or maybe it's because I was cold but I'm a bit worried/annoyed with the 8km coming up next Sat.
Are there days when no matter what your legs just don't want to run?
Is there anything I should do to make sure I can get through the 8km next Sat? I was planning on trying one more 7.5km run tomorrow evening + a 6km run Wednesday evening then nothing until the 8km on Saturday in order that my legs would be in good shape for Sat. Does that sound like a good plan?
Apologies for the novice questions.
Really disappointed with this morning effort