Mental challenge

Having just completed week 7, run 1, it's become obvious that my challenge is definitely a mental one. I'm tired by the end, of course, but not exhausted to the point of collapse, and physically could run another minute or two if I had to. However, the overwhelming urge to stop has nearly caught my out a couple of times...it must be those gremlins who like to tell me how much easier it would be if I had a nice walk instead 😉 Any tips on overcoming mental barriers? The positivity on this forum certainly helps!

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  • I've got a head full of gremlins and but I have found music helps. I make sure my play list is full of my favourite tunes, all the things that would get me up to dance, and tell myself how I know I can dance/ run for 3 more mins for this track each time a new one comes on.

    I then zone out and listen to my breathing, focusing on keeping it regular ( it is nice and loud so easy to hear over the music). I picture myself looking like a slim fit runner and just keep those legs moving.

    I try to trust the programme and have told myself the only excuse to stop is if I actually collapse or vomit or agent a searing pain of obvious damage and not for any other reason. I ignore my moaning calves and ankles and tell them to shut up and because they have no say in this!

    Wish I had something more concrete to tell you but it seems to be a bit of all of this that does it for me.

    Hope you find your gremlin killers xx

  • Thanks, Docmum, that's good advice and reassuring to know I'm not the only one who struggles. Yes, the tunes definitely help!

  • Yep.. squish the pesky gremlins with every step you take, slow and steady... :)

    Think about other things, focus on the next tree or lamp post:)

    Make up a silly rhyme, think of a poem, make a list of gremlins names in your head and then slap each one of them hard :) By the time you have done all that you will be done and dusted!!!

    Very well done you anyway...Emmy 7..Gremlins 0

  • Aw thanks Oldfloss 😊 I'll show them who's boss on the next run!

  • Week 7 is horrible but week 8 is great. Trust me! Just get to week 8 and let me know if I'm right :)

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