This week I've actually managed to get out twice for 30 whole minutes!
Tuesday morning I was a bit annoyed with myself that it hadn't been sooner, but at least I got my gear on and made it out. I thought I wouldn't be out long, but the gremlins did a bit of reverse psychology on me - yes, a gremlin! I heard one.
I'm no stranger to personal gremlins. The week previous, I was haunted by them, having given a talk at a conference that frankly did not go as well I expected. But the running gremlins had so far mostly been background noise or they'd interfered with tech or clothing. However, on Tuesday morning I went into the park and started running only to hear "your shoe isn't tied right, idiot". Hm. Stopped to tie it properly but only succeeded in making it too tight. "hahahah, why are you bothering! You can't even tie your laces!" Err... no, it's just a brain-blip.... "You'll give up running soon enough, you're not cut out for this, and you ought to be working anyway".
So I thundered off after re-tying my lace again - and left the gremlin for dust. It wasn't the best feeling run, but instead of stopping about 15 minutes (let's face it ... I did ought to have gotten to work) I carried on for a full 30. Felt much better for it, at least!
Tonight's run I'd actively looked forward to. I've started telling more people - my friend who is a yoga teacher was impressed, doffing an imaginary cap, but I said "but you're a yoga teacher who actually does yoga every day" ... my boss of the long lunchtime runs teased me about one day getting into buying running watches, heart rate monitors, which I expressly told him I wouldn't. I steered clear of explaining that I had a sports bra obsession though (and at that point wished I was on this forum )
After some considerable upper body exercise getting one of the aforementioned support garments on, I finally got out - it was *cold*, I was wearing long socks under my legwarmers, and a longsleeved top to start with which didn't match my bright pink vest and legwarmers, but never mind. More upper body exercise while I ran taking the long sleeved top off and then juggled (not literally) phone, keys, headphones while trying to tie the top around my waist. How do people do it - is this where belts come into their own??
Anyway, bounced along at a pace... wait - bouncing? Hmm. Gait has gotten bouncier. Will need to keep an eye on that and remember the advice about the hedge. Made a 31 minute run under the lit, quiet residential streets, and very happy about it.
Happy running all x