I graduated in April, extremely slow, extremely steady and ran 3 times a week with dedication ( well, maybe that's an exageration, the dedication bit!) . I did my first park ru and experienced the euphoria and was super emotional for a few hours at my incredible achievement wishing I had done it years ago. On 30 July I even achieved 6k continuous running ! Then......
Two weeks holiday . I packed my kit but I also packed an army of gremlins. I talked myself out of early morning runs as after all I was on holiday. (1 -0 to gremlin) Climate A little too hot for day run (2-0) and food too enticing (3-0) for evening runs. You see a pattern emerging? I visited hotel gym and explained I'd never run on a treadmill before but would like to run on holiday (3-1) and was assured they would be most helpful.......Alas I allowed a full scale gremlin assault after seeing the sleek, chic, well toned bodies of runners already in attendance and the trainers sat neglected on top of the safe in the wardrobe !!
I returned accepting that I may not be able to achieve the pre holiday status however I am shocked at the control of the gremlins.......I have had three run of 5k with a combination of walk/running max continued run 2.5 k . I know perseverance will get me back to where I was but I'd like to run before I can walk .
Do I return to the programme to build up ? Do I continue with trying to extend length of time before I need to walk ? Where can I obtain positive mental attitude ? OH Yes on this forum !
As a lurker I know there is so much great advice here ......running is never the issue , the gremlins need to be defeated....I will get there again with the special forces of the forum to motivate. Never underestimate what posts on here do for lurkers like me !!!
Onwards and upwards (don't get me started on the hill gremlins......)