Watching the recent graduates with interest now as I navigate my own new running life without the podcasts. I have always had trouble making a plan and sticking to it, in life, so this is going to be the thing I work on for a bit. Bit different to all those working on the C25K+ or aiming to hit that sub-30 5K... I'll push for an actual running goal once I've learned to wrangle my brain into planning and executing!
This morning I'd planned - put in the calendar and everything - to pop out and drop off something I was giving away on freegle, on finding that the intended recipient lived close enough to incorporate into a run. The challenge would be getting up early enough, I thought, but as it turned out I woke up anyway as I was stressed about how much work I hadn't got done yesterday. So I worked for a while and then went out, which I now realise was the wrong order - I could have had a lovely dark quiet morning run, one of the ones lots of people here are often talking about, and then come back to a shower and some work. Instead many commuters were greeted by my sweaty face and massive fluffy exercise hair. Also, for the first time, I ran without music; I thought this might be sensible in case rush hour traffic had to be contended with and also I didn't want to faff longer. Luckily I didn't have something irritating stuck in my mind this time - but without headphones and not in "sporty" looking clothes I just looked like someone who was running late for a train.
However, a run is a run, and I ran - another short run, about 18 minutes all told? Better than nothing and means I will hit my target of running 3 times in the week before going away for work next week.