I graduated in September, and I have got out there three times a week since, bar the odd cold/illness/Christmas break. I have always run listening to the radio, or to downloaded drama podcasts, and this has helped me to distract myself from the gremlins!
However, my phone took a little swim (!) a few weeks ago, and has been protesting ever since. I also drop it on a regular basis whilst running, as I cannot bear that armband thingy, and it jumps out of my pocket. Now the headphone socket has given up the ghost, so today's run was done without the comfort blanket of a Radio 4 drama serial!
I was stupidly nervous about the run, but in the end I enjoyed it. I chose to do a half-hour run that I know I can comfortably manage, and I was surprised by how much I noticed of my surroundings. I kept up my usual speed, and managed to keep the gremlins at bay. Later on this week I am planning a longer run of 48 minutes (not as random as you might think - part of a plan to get to 60 minutes). In a perverse kind of way, I am looking forward to it.