Whew! This running lark doesn't just test your body does it? It really tests one's mind. My run 2 was really hard work! Same course, same timing (rubbish weather) but the biggest hurdle was my negativity. I was really aware, all during the run of my nasty little critic sitting on my shoulder crowing at me "You'll never keep this up! You give up on everything, your legs are tired, why don't you just stop?". I swear that combating that voice is every bit as hard as the physical fatigue. Why I should be surprised is a mystery to me cos I', a CBT therapist and negative thinking is bread and butter to me but it got me hooked! I did complete the run but it felt so much harder than run 1.
Taking that learning though I was determined to drown out that voice on run 3. I concentrated on the positives:- lovely morning, birdsong, feeling more alive, congratulating myself for achieving every step and, lo and behold, I ran 5 minutes faster! Week 2, here I come!