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W2 complete despite unprovoked attack by the duvet gremlin

This morning, the duvet gremlin cruelly attacked me. Even though I had laid out my running kit the evening before - on waking - all I wanted to do was stay in bed under the duvet where it was lovely and warm. This obviously wasn't helped by the near freezing temperatures outside. But, I finally managed to defeat that gremlin and get a toe out from under the duvet, then a leg, then all of me, and straight into the running kit - only to then convince myself it was too cold to go out. Finally managed to open the door and stick my nose out and start the podcast - and decided to start - even if I only walked for a couple of minutes before coming back home to the warm. But - once I was listening to the lovely Laura - I was off and couldn't wait for the first run - to warm me up!

Does anybody have helpful tips to defeat those gremlins that come along and try to persuade you that you don't want to run - even though you know you will feel great if you do actually run?

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I have graduated and now trying to work up to 10k. However I procrastinate and delay every run. I really don't know why as I always go and always feel great once it's done. Sometimes I even enjoy it during :).

My one trick is putting the kit on is easy, i'm only committing to getting dressed. Then out the door I am only committing to going for a walk. Once i'm out the run always happens without further concern.


Get up, get out and just do it. Don't think.

Have you read the guide to the plan? it may be helpful.


You've just gotta push through the gremlins... but you don't need any tips, you did it, all on your lonesome! :)


Just do what you did - get on and go! :) well done!

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