I don't usually run on Fridays. I run on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and do an interval strength workout on Wednesday. All of those workouts are with a friend, so I've got a built-in motivation to keep going because if I stop then she thinks it's time to stop too.
This morning I felt like going for a solo run, so I did. But that damn monkey and its incessant negative chatter was annoying to say the least. Conversation (with myself) went like this:
First five minutes of running:
ughh, too hard. I should probably be having a rest day today anyhow. Maybe I'll just do one lap (1k) and then go home.
Five minutes down:
I suppose this isn't that bad. I'll see how I feel at the 1k mark and then maybe go home.
One kilometre down:
I might keep going until 10 minutes and then that will do.
Ten minutes finished: Oh, I think I've covered more ground than usual. That's not too bad. Maybe keep on going to the 15 minute mark. If the 15 minutes falls before the 2km marker then I'm going home. If it falls at, or after, the 2km marker then I'll finish the full 30 minutes.
Fifteen minutes (2.1km): Oh, actually I think I'm enjoying this now and I'm already half way through. Must remember to hang out the washing when I get home. Wonder if the kids have managed to get themselves dressed yet ..... numerous other non-running related thoughts ....
Pleased to say that I ran the whole 30 minutes, covered 4.1km (which I think is my best yet) and I really enjoyed the last half of the run. But that first part is still a mental struggle! Does it ever get any easier?