well, it wasn't quite the very early morning start that I had rather over optimistically planned for (I'm so not a natural riser!) but I woke up after a mini lie in (it is my day off after all) and ummed and arred for a few minutes before forcing down half a cereal bar and a mini macchiato.I waited half an hour for those to go down then set off on my warm up walk, during which I set up map my run app ready to press start when I started running. I was listening to laura on the warm up, but planned to switch to a pre-made playlist lasting just over 20 minutes of my favourite pace keeping music.Let me explain why...
After my last run (w5r2) I discovered that while doing longer stretches of running than ever before, I found when laura would say "well done, you've done 4 minutes of running etc) quite demoralising, I guess in my mind I felt I had done more, so these markers/reminders would mentally set me back. Seeing as these longer runs are, as Laura quite rightly says, more mental challenges than physical, I knew that I would do better with my own motivational music and to start becoming my own coach, after all, dear Laura won't be around forever (I'm sure shes got much better things to be getting on with ) I enjoyed sitting down at my laptop compiling a 20 minute playlist and as a result, knew approximately how long each song was, so they were very subtle markers of how far I had gone. I saved the meatiest song (Motorhead ace of spades) for that last push, after some gentler pace making songs for the start and middle of the run.
Of course, I will return to the podcasts when there are intervals to be done, but I already have playlists of 25 and 28 minutes duration stored on my phone and can't wait to get to try them out! The songs I love help my mind go into a semi reverie which really helps pass the time and the little demon that likes to say "stop now you are tired" seems to quiet down and enjoy the music too.
Thanks to "map my run", I know actually ran 3 km in 20 minutes through woodland paths, some slightly uphill and a little downhill. it was a beautiful morning and I felt so good to be out there.