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Mummycav profile image

Hi everyone, i hope you're all doing well and enjoying your running sessions?? The weather has been a bit miserable, a bit windy, its slippy under foot with all the leaves on the floor, its damp & its dark...perfect conditions for those mojos of ours to disappear...mine, as most of you know, has def been conspicuous by its absence. It has made me feel down about my running.

Last winter, when i considered myself a proper newbie, I embraced the weather, enjoying running with my disco light in my hair in the evenings or up with the birds running in the crisp air before the world woke up. This year i think my mojo must've got trapped in that missing hour when the clocks turned back somehow because the crisp mornings & disco light evenings haven't had the same appeal...i have not enjoyed my runs as much at all and this has made me sad....

Until this morning...i was doing my usual duvet hugging, not asleep, just thinking...and it suddenly popped into my head that i have forgotten what running has done for me...firstly, I have made so many friends on here & feel i have deserted you all whilst being busy on my mojo hunt...secondly, head space, this is so important for everybody, we all need time for thinking, for releasing, for figuring out & for me time, running is perfect for this...thirdly, I am much fitter than ever before, my recovery time is literally minutes & i feel stronger, fourth, i have a new relationship with the outdoors, I was born in the summer & have always considered myself a Summer person but not anymore, I love the rain, theres something completely liberating about running in the rain...fifth, I am a runner.....

All these things i have forgotten...I've forgotten how far I've come..I was concentrating too much on where i was going...this all dawned on me this morning during my duvet hugging session so i got up, got my kit on & head off out of the door...i didnt have a distance in mind or a time, i just wanted to go out and search for all of those things that I'd forgotten...and it felt good, i just ran for the sake of it, taking in all the sights, the mist on the canal made it feel eerie, i only ran the 'safe' part of the canal, over Bevlar bridge...no pressure on myself, just for sheer pleasure...i covered 4k in 25 mins, my mojo definitely made an appearance this morning.... Jancanrun has incorporated hunting for my mojo in her run for Alzheimer's challenge and i think its working, I think its definitely back in Yorkshire, it must've seen all the sparkle & glitz in London and has decided to come home!! I will be running again in a couple of days, so will post again, just to update on its whereabouts...so watch this space...thank you again to all of you for your encouragement, advice, messages & good wishes...the power of the forum is amazing...

Have a lovely week everyone and remember how far you've all come & what running has done for you because its so easy to forget xxx

MC xx

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Oldfloss profile image

Great to see you back out there my lovely friend...take it gently and hold all those positive thoughts close inside... You are a runner.. a super one...! Take care xxx

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MummycavModerator in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you Floss...its so easy to forget, i really enjoyed this mornings run...i forgot how peaceful Sunday morning running can be. I'm not going to rush back into it, i dont want that mojo of mine scaring off, its very delicate at the moment! xx

Dexy5 profile image

Welcome back Mummycav, great to hear that your mojo has come back home. 🏃‍♀️👏👏

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MummycavModerator in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5...I'm going to take it steady, dont want to scare it off!! Feel so much more positive today though x

Bluebirdrunner profile image

That's our Bevlar talking!😉

Yeeha Mummycav.... Yes, I remember your runs with disco lights in your hair, and you sneaking out early doors for a run. I believe your Mojo is back, your run today taking in all the sights and sounds sounds just lovely, and encaptures what c25k is all about. Enjoying our successes!

I will look out for your next post and hope you have another smashing, but no pressure run. MummyCav is back everyone!😄xxx

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MummycavModerator in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Awww, thank you Bluebirdrunner, i know you've seen my runs on strava, i have kept going but they have seemed proper slog runs. I havent run since Tuesday, i needed to see if having a good few days off made a difference and it looked like it did because it just felt right & i had that after run feeling again, you know the one? I know we all have bad runs but when its one after the other thats when the doubts set in...I'm already looking forward to my next run xx

Well done Bev.

Very thoughtful and hold them close.

Interesting the influence on the basic pleasure with too much focus.Thats tucked away in my backpack.

The power of the forum,that is so true and your own thoughtfulness.Now that’s an enduring combination.

Go you Bev.👏👏💪💥

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MummycavModerator in reply to Tbae

Thank you Tbae...theres nothing worse than not enjoying consecutive runs, i think i was comparing my summer running in France where i just had those gorgeous long flat roads to run along, beautiful sunrises & oodles of beautiful scenery...but really, why wasnt i making the most of what i have here??? Because I'd forgotten that's why...but this morning it started coming back to me just why i run & what its done for me...x

cheekychipmunks profile image

Lovely MC. Your mojo came back and you embraced your fabulous run. So glad made you feel happy! Hope this week goes well too! 🏃‍♀️😀👍

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MummycavModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

I hope its back for good cheekychipmunks, I'm taking it steady but i do feel so much more positive after this morning x

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

Great to hear! 👍❤️🏃‍♀️

Jancanrun profile image

Hi Bev, well I’m glad your mojo is there, because to be honest she was giving me the slip this morning. It certainly wasn’t at the Barbican unless it used the Crossrail Excavator to dig a tunnel to Yorkshire. She may have passed Somerset House though because there was enough bling there to satisfy the most purple sparkly mojo I know.She’d have been frightened on the SouthBank - definitely she could have got squashed there and I’d never have forgiven myself ... So Bevlar Bridge - maybe she’s been hiding out there once she’d done the London thing.

So happy you got out and enjoyed it my dear running friend... p.s. I’m still waiting for your birthdate number 1 - it has to go on my playlist...


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MummycavModerator in reply to Jancanrun

Went out looking myself this morning but no sign of it...it def hasn’t dug a tunnel back to Yorkshire, well not the part I run in! Bevlar bridge would be a good place, maybe I’ll look there next time I’m passing?! X

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JancanrunGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

It’s grey and ‘orrible and damp and bleugh. I’ve wimped out running today. But tomorrow 10k is on my radar, so I’m thinking another look-see for your mojo, she’s being decidedly contrary.... But then a hard prize is always the best one to win...XX

Sandraj39 profile image

What a lovely and very thought-provoking post Mummycav. So glad you felt that love again on your run today - here's to more of them and a rediscovered mojo!🙂

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MummycavModerator in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you Sandraj39, I’m trying my hardest to find it xx

Deals1 profile image

Pleased your mojo has returned.

Great post.... And you've made me realize how far I've come too, cos maybe a bit like u I was starting to doubt myself

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MummycavModerator in reply to Deals1

Hey Deals1, you’ve no need to doubt yourself, you’re doing sooo well....it easy to have those doubts though, I know...this isn’t the first time I’ve doubted myself, but I’ve bounced back before...stay positive & remember you’re a runner now

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Deals1Graduate10 in reply to Mummycav

Thank u. 😁😁👍 U too

Sadie-runs profile image

😘😘😘 A lovely post, one that I knew would come, just waiting patiently for it. You’ve made my Sunday night! Just so you know, the mojo thing...it happens to many of us, and it’s such a shocker. But the good news is, it always comes back, especially to those with grit, like you my dear. We take the highs with the lows, because we know how good the highs are. I am so proud of you - these moments of reflection on why we run, how far we have come, and getting back to the fundamentals of what made us eventually fall in love with running are so important. Not every run will be as beautiful as this, but these are the runs that make us carry on, right Bevlar? 😁

Good on you, Bev. You runner you! xxx

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MummycavModerator in reply to Sadie-runs

You're right Sadie-runs, the good runs do keep us going so when its bad run after bad run its a bit disheartening but with no pressure & running for the heck of it, the bad runs can disappear into the distance...you know i love running, theres no way im giving up..thank you xxx

sunshinefish profile image

Yes! Running for runnings sake not for distance or time, sounds like a great idea. I get hung up on time/distance and should just enjoy being out there!

Glad you had a great run Mummycav, hopefully there are more around the corner!

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MummycavModerator in reply to sunshinefish

Absolutely sunshinefish, we shouldn't be so hard on ourselves coz that's when it all goes pear shaped!! Just run xx

lexi6 profile image

Such great news Mummycav. Its so, so good that you had a lovely run and hope that your mojo won’t have the nerve to try and do a runner again. 👍

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MummycavModerator in reply to lexi6

Haha, it better not do, there'd be too many people on its case!! X

Slinkymalinki profile image

Yes! So glad you're feeling better about your running. X

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MummycavModerator in reply to Slinkymalinki

Thank you Slinkymalinki...me too x

Beachcomber66 profile image

So glad that you are enjoying your running again. Just proving again, we never ever give up. 🏃‍♀️💪💐

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MummycavModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

Never!! 💪

Flaraflarkin profile image

Hey welcome back to you and your mojo Mummycav 🤗 What a lovely positive post, and a reminder to us all ~ happy running 🤗🦋🏃‍♀️

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MummycavModerator in reply to Flaraflarkin

Sometimes we just need to have a word with ourselves xx

Irishprincess profile image

Lovely post Mummycav and very lovely to read too. Great to see you back again xxx

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MummycavModerator in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks IP...its so easy to lose the enjoyment...but hard to find...slowly & steady it'll vet back to normal x

ju-ju- profile image

wonderful post, and they are going to have to rename that bridge :)

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MummycavModerator in reply to ju-ju-

Haha...i agree!! Thank you ju-ju- xxx

JonathanP profile image

Great to hear you have your mojo working again - Muddy Waters would be proud! 😀

Love this! xxx

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MummycavModerator in reply to SuzyKK


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Lots of great stuff already said. It's late, and my brain doesn't work any more, so I'll just say this:

You, my dear, are fantastic, and an inspiration to us all, OK? x

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MummycavModerator in reply to Hidden

Thankyou so much Hidden....sometimes we forget what our posts do for others, I certainly don’t feel like I could inspire anyone at the moment but I will bounce back, I’m no quitter x

Mimirossi profile image

So pleased for you @Mummycav! Mine’s still on it’s wanderings. Hopefully it will be back soon!

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MummycavModerator in reply to Mimirossi

Ohhh, I bet they’re hanging out together somewhere?? How dare they up and leave?? I will keep my eyes peeled...I’ll take you out with me next run...maybe you will be reminded that you are a fabulous runner & an inspirational one xx

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MimirossiGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

Thank you! I haven’t run since Sunday and feel very guilty, but I am hoping to go out tomorrow morning. Every morning this week I have woken up feeling tired and achey and thought I can’t run. A couple of months ago I couldn’t wait to get out of the door to run. My husband thinks it is because it is winter and I am definitely a summer person. Hopefully doing a Santa/Penguin run for the local hospice in 10 days time will enthuse me a bit more!

I will think of you tomorrow and should be inspired!

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MummycavModerator in reply to Mimirossi

Did you go out Mimirossi??? X

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MimirossiGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

Yes I did! I thought of you @Mummycav and also of @Jancanrun and I went out and ran in the rain. Did 6.4 k, got soaked to the skin and it was ok. Thank you for your support! I am going to run on Tuesday and Thursday ready for my run as a penguin on Sunday. Still feeling tired and achey but I will get my mojo back, I know!

How is your running going now?

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MummycavModerator in reply to Mimirossi

I last ran on Thursday as i went away at the weekend...im going out this evening and I'll prob post about it....glad you got out xx

GoGo_JoJo profile image

This is a perfect post that should be revisited every time someone says "just not feeling motivated" or "can't seem to get out the door".

It's so easy to get wrapped up in speed and distance goals and forget or even drop the fun factor, just enjoying the outdoors and the "me" time.

So glad it's coming back for you 👍😁💖

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MummycavModerator in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thank you GoGo_JoJo ...it is soooo easy to forget how far we've come...and that we are runners but not all runs are all hearts & flowers...and that its actually ok to feel like this, its normal, and you're not alone in feeling like this either...even though its a very lonely feeling...and all the encouragement, comments & good wishes make you realise that everyone goes through it at some point. No pressure runs should be the law...at least two or three a month xxx

Richard7 profile image

A great read, well done for figuring it all out and laying it out so nicely to remind us of similar things that have benefited us by running. Go MC.

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