Well, today was gonna be the day I ran for 30 minutes. I didn't I got to 12 and then pressed the 'Stop' button on the treadmill. I found myself making all sorts of excuses such as:
It's been 6 days since I ran for 28 minutes....partly because I usually have to wait 3 or 4 days for a painful knee to die down and partly because I'm on a trip to the US.
I was tired from the long journey yesterday.
I'm usually used to running outside.
The gym was warm.
I was confused by the "minutes per mile" speed setting
Etc etc etc.
But I think the real reason is that I'm used to doing my runs as laps around a disused all-weather pitch and I calculate before-hand how many times I need to go round it to get to x minutes. So every time I go past that clump of nettles, or a certain man-hole cover or a marker where the old goal posts used to be I know how many more times I need to pass it. 30 minutes should take me round about 17 laps. And I knock off the time one lap at a time. All I had on the treadmill was the CNN news (subtitled) and the music from the podcast with Laura's occasional interventions......so now I'm thinking....
How do I set myself these small countdowns when I'm on a treadmill.....and when I do decide to move away from the running round the pitch to other places....how do I motivate myself?
Also, should I have another go at 30 minutes tomorrow or maybe do a 20 then a 25 then a 30 again..... I didnt actually feel tired ....just warm and bored....