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W7R2. Absolutely terrible run this evening

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I just couldn't get into the rhythm of it this evening. I got into the disastrous headspace of counting down the run in 30 second blocks. Turns out that telling yourself "Three down, forty-seven to go!" isn't very motivating. Who knew πŸ€”?

For some reason Spotify stopped playing just as I started running, so I couldn't even distract myself with music, although it did come on again after about ten minutes. However, I was wearing a new sweatband on my head, and while it wasn't particularly tight, it did keep creeping up my head and threatening to ping off and one time when I was adjusting it I knocked one of my earbuds out. I was on the treadmill, so didn't stop, but my hearing in the other ear isn't the best, so it was just muffled bass from then on - goodness knows what I was listening to 🀣. It must have been at about this point that I took a swig from my water bottle and my body decided to inhale rather than swallow so, yeah, that helped!

But do you know what? I finished the run and - now that I've recovered - I feel absolutely fantastic. Finishing the runs when you are feeling good is easy, but finishing runs on a day like this needs determination. I can't say I'm looking forward to the next one, but at least I know I'll do it!

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Well done you for toughing that one out!You are all the stronger for that experience - you have every right to feel fantastic 😁

BellaTheCookGraduate in reply to Birdlady64

Thank you


Wow that wasn’t a great run, but you can be proud you got through it, we all have tough runs and yes, we achieve more on those, easy comfortable runs are good too but getting through a tough run is brilliant

BellaTheCookGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

Thanks. It does feel good!


You can say you are looking forward to the next run because you know it’s going to be a hell of a lot better than this one... BUT the most important thing is you stuck with it despite all the little things that went wrong....you completed the run and you felt fantastic. I think you probably got to the stage in this one where you laughed and thought what next !! .....well done for being so determined πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘

BellaTheCookGraduate in reply to Couchphoenix

Thank you! Not sure I had the energy to laugh, but I know what you mean


CouchphoenixGraduate in reply to BellaTheCook

The headband creeping up your head did make me laugh πŸ˜‚... you’re next run is going to be a good one, stay positive πŸ‘


Well done - even one of those incidents may have stopped some. One more run ticked off. I hope the next one goes smoothly for you.

BellaTheCookGraduate in reply to shuffleido

Thank you



Oh dear, what a nuisance! Better luck for the next one, was bound to be a one off 😊

BellaTheCookGraduate in reply to swim63




BellaTheCook that sounded tough, we've all had or experienced similar runs, forget that one, the next will be so much better you'll surprise yourself πŸ‘πŸ‘

BellaTheCookGraduate in reply to Imc50

Thank you!



Loved your post, I was so with you, the non motivating mind think, clothing and equipment going all wrong, water everywhere but where it is meant to be, yep I have been there done that but I just try and keep the repeat performances to as low a number as possible. Next time at least one of those things probably won't happen :) and the run will feel better because of it.

Try long division in your head, that will distract you for sure.

BellaTheCookGraduate in reply to B1GK9

Thank you!


πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ well done for pushing through

BellaTheCookGraduate in reply to cantrunbutwillrun

Thank you!


You still did it though. Terrific! (Try outside for different things to watch/think about. I find that helps - though not so lovely n this weather..!)

BellaTheCookGraduate in reply to Winnner

Thanks. I do run outside occasionally, but have to drive out to do it now the evenings are dark (I live on a single track unlit road), so the treadmill is a godsend!

Just remember a bad run is better than no run at all, at least you’re doing it.


Feel like that all the time. Just a mind-set. I will finish no matter what. Anyway. Its not about me. Well done to you. πŸ˜€


🀣🀣 I know I shouldn’t laugh but I could picture this so perfectly. You ran and the next one will be easier.

Well done Bella! Some runs are just difficult.. some of mine seem to be tough, so I know where you are coming from!! I tried running in a snood thing, the other day and I got so hot! Next one for you will be so much better, and you still finished it and felt fantastic! Fab πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

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