Week 2 run 2 before the rain

Well my calves said noooooooooooo by the second 90 second run but I kept on going....then by three they really ached but I kept on running....so by five my aching calves disappeared - I 'm sure it was a bit of rebellion to test my resolve - and by halfway through this set my whole body was saying give up you are tired but I ignored it so by set six I felt fine...no aches, no groans, and I ignored that voice in my head and finished. Got home and it started to rain. Now if I had stopped I would have got very wet. Running is mind over matter to some extent. Find that marker ahead of you - that signpost, that tree, that fence and just keep going...and ignore the little voice.......

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  • Hear hear. There is definitely a mental side to running. You should hear the arguments I have in my head. I am not prone to swearing out loud but my quiet running head seems to swear quite a bit, especially at the beginning of runs.

  • Well done! you overcame the gremlins, thats a big thing! and its funny how your calves do get better as the runs goes on, its the same for me, luckily the tightness in mine has gone off as the weeks go by and now i rarely have trouble! :)

  • Well done! That's the right attitude. Good luck with the rest of the programme

  • A huge well done for overcoming those pesky gremlins! You have a brilliant attitude and I will be remembering what you said....the next tree, the next lampost...brilliant :D

  • Well done! It sounds like you are determined to see this though, good for you. Enjoy your running :)

  • Totally agree, ignore those thoughts in your mind that say stop, let's walk. Well done for pushing through. Good luck with your next runs :)

  • Hi I'm doing week 2 run3 tonight, looking forward to it, but I have also suffered from sore calfs. I'm running on a slight incline on the way out and thought that was to blame, so found your post very interesting ... Thanks

  • I must admit that my second 90 seconds is an uphill one and this probably doesn't help. Although I vary my routes I keep to the same one for each set/week because I get farther each run and it helps to see I'm improving. P.S. got a gps running watch from Aldi today - not exactly cheap but its got a heart monitor and can connect to laptop. Okay I like gadgets but they help to motivate me too.

  • You picked up on that really quickly. I was on at least week4 before I realised that it was my mind saying no, not my body.

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