My gremlins were out in force this week. I was due to do W7R3 (25 mins) and the snow and other things meant I hadn't run for six days. I had a very real sense of apprehension and the gremlins were loving it. 'Yeah, this is going to be really hard. Your knees won't like it. This is the biggest gap you've had, maybe you're losing your commitment, huh?' And so on.
So, how do other people keep the darn things under control?
I remembered hearing that if you actually smile, you feel better. So I decided to smile if I saw something nice, that made me feel it was good to be out. First glimpse of the river. Some crocuses. Gorgeous sky at the start of the sunset. And it did work, I felt more able to do this running thing. But some new ideas would be really welcome, because the psychology seems to be a big part of this, and that's very individual.
For the record I ran for 26 mins, recovered for a couple of mins, and ran a few mins more because walking was boring. Take that, gremlins!
ps very heartening to read others are aching in W7...too right!