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Thank You VRB's

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10

Just want to say a huge thank you vrb's as I ran with you all today so second win!

Anxiety is always at it's peak in the morning but I have been reading Meditation & Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe so this morning I used what I am learning. I have never tried meditation before and although very clumsy it definitely helped with getting out the door. The run itself then took care of the rest.

I used the principle of awareness during my run and just enjoyed the scenery, looked at everything detail which helped quiet the mind. I know there were a couple of times that I was smiling.

Thank you, you're all very special.

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Ripcurlrana71
Ripcurlrana71Graduate10

Hey Lori. I’m sorry that youve been suffering. Only just popped in. I’m glad other VRB’s have helped you along the way.

Wishing you well. x

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10
in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Thank you Rip. Happy new year to you, hope you doing ok. Still putting in the miles? xx

Ripcurlrana71
Ripcurlrana71Graduate10
in reply to Lorijay

Happy new year! Yes still plodding on. 🏃🏻‍♀️😊 x

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Excellent...absorbing..internalising and calming.Well done you xxx

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you Oldfloss xx

Gran4z
Gran4zGraduate10

So good to read, unbelievably well done. Proud of you 🌻

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10
in reply to Gran4z

Thanks Gran4z, you're wonderful xx

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Well done Lorijay. I remember when I did c25k, Jo Whiley said that you should keep repeating ‘I love running ‘ if you were finding it tough. It really made a difference. The mind does pick up positive vibes and I’m sure all the messages from VRBs will keep you going.

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy, yes you are right VRB's just fantastic!

Enjoy your park run, I am assuming you'll be there tomorrow, hope it's a good one :)

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to Lorijay

Thank you. I'll be there....

Sorry, no emojis, I'm on the PC.

All smiles here reading your post Lorijay! 😊🎉🏃‍♀️🏃🏻🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️🏃 I haven't read the book you mentioned, but so glad it is proving helpful. I thought of you as I ran today and am pleased to report that I didn't get lost. I did spot some snowdrops pushing through which was lovely and had the pleasure of beautiful weather. A joy! All the very best for your next run! 😊🏃🏼‍♀️

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10

Thank you 61. So pleased you had a nice run too without getting lost! It was fantastic running with so many of you today :)

Deals1
Deals1Graduate10

Well done!! When I'm finding it tough I sometimes do the "I love running" mantra too.

I went out last night and listened to a headspace podcast on the Nike app called end of the day run about 25mins. And it was great, really enjoyed it .I think Andy spoke on that.

Happy running 🏃

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10
in reply to Deals1

Thank you Deals. I am going to try that mantra, haven't heard about it before. Yes that is the same Andy, he seems to put things in a way that is easy to understand and relate to.

Happy running to you too :)

paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10

Hey lori, Fantastic to read this. I was grinning from ear to ear. I think you'd love the Headspace runs on the Nike Run Club app. It's Andy Puddicombe talking you through the run. And he's talking about relaxing the body, feeling the foot strike, dropping the shoulders, going slow and being aware of your surroundings. I just love them and there ar lots. I'll be bringing you with me on Sunday - hopefully running by the sea. xx

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10
in reply to paulanoo

Thanks Paula. I am going to listen to Headspace on my next run.

Sunday by the sea sounds lovely. Thank you my dear friend.

Have a great weekend xx

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10
in reply to paulanoo

Ooh take me too please...and write about it afterwards! 😊xx

paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Ok. I'll even take a photo. I'm going to see my sister and I want to get out of her hair on Sunday afternoon so I'm planning a long run along a promenade or even a beach. Hope the sand is hard! My last seaside run was a barefoot 9km which was wonderful but my feet really suffered afterwards..

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10

Lovely run Lorijay, you got more from that than just exercise too I'm sure. You got self-esteem and self-confidence and satisfaction.

You are very special, and you are one of us, and most definitely a Runner!

Keep posting, smiling and running ( who says that 😆😉) 😊xxx

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thanks Bluebird, very kind words and lovely support. Hope you have a great weekend :) xx

paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Not all at once mind or you might fall over....

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

I’m sooooo happy for you Lorijay. ❤️ The power of running is very special, and this forum is truly the best. Always so supportive. How brilliant that you discovered meditation - a great combo with your lovely run!

Take lots of care. ❤️

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky, couldn't agree more about the forum, just special!!

Hope you have a lovely weekend :)

Anniemurph
AnniemurphGraduate10

Oh, well done! I'm lucky and do not suffer from anxiety during a run but when I have thought 'I cannot do this!' I do run a systems check which is a bit similar in a way. Is anything actually hurting? No. Can I breathe? Well, yes. Could I breathe better? Yes - so do so. Is my left hand clenched into a fist? Usually yes :D so unclench. Are my shoulders tight? Am I running flat-footed?

Just the mental act of running through what's happening helps, and then I can focus on my surroundings.

I hope your next run is a great one :)

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10
in reply to Anniemurph

Thanks Annie, that checklist is really helpful and will assist with staying grounded and aware which adds to meditation/relaxation principles. Will try it next run. Thank you :)

Anniemurph
AnniemurphGraduate10
in reply to Lorijay

Oh, sorry, it wasn't meant as a proper checklist - it's more my personal prevention of whinges, especially in the first toxic 10 minutes :D It is sort of about awareness though, so however you can stay grounded and aware, that's a really helpful thing to do. Happy running!

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