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Bank Holiday Birthday Bonanza!

Bank Holiday Birthday Bonanza!

I'd mentioned in my last post that I really struggled with one of my runs in May because I had a cold. I just about managed a 15 min run instead of my usual 30. I thought I was feeling better but I actually ended up being seriously disappointed as the next two runs petered out as well (20 mins and 15 mins). That last one, really upset me as I was convinced that all my hard work was coming undone - I couldn't do it!. But after a few pep talks from my boyfriend & Mum, I put my PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) hat on & told myself "yes you can do it - just try". The next run was on Thurs 23rd May and after a bit of hard work, I finally managed a 30 min run again - PHEW!!! Being able to do 30 mins again was amazing - I was so happy!

However, that run would be the last one before having a bit of a food & drink binge over the Bank Holiday weekend - yikes! We went away to Cornwall for a long weekend so I could celebrate my 30th birthday. Bank Holiday Monday was the big day and as is typical of the South West, it rained - hard. And it was very, very windy! However I had a lovely time & couldn't have wished for a better birthday.

So here I am, back at home (one year older), trying REALLY hard not to think about my run tomorrow. I know I am going to struggle with 30 mins again so I am setting myself a target of 15 instead. If I think I can do more I shall try for longer but if all the good food & drink has seriously affected my relationship with gravity, I shall be happy that at least I went & that I tried.

Wish me luck!

PS: here's a picture of my fantastic birthday cake - it was soooooooooooooo tasty!

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That is a wonderful cake! Really love it. :)

Hope you trick yourself into running for 30 minutes - once you get to 15, just pretend you haven't run any yet, and you're just going to do 15... Works for me anyway! Very gullible!


Good luck for your run, start nice a slow and steady and build up to a comfortable stride. If you are really struggling at 15 minutes, have a walk for a couple of minutes and then run again. Theres no shame in taking a breather if needed and you'll be surprised if you set out with this idea the chances are you'll be more relaxed and won't need that short walk at all. There's more to running than putting one foot in front of the other, you have to try and confuse your brain sometimes too.


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