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Week 6 Run 2 and playlist

I had delayed this run for a day due to my tight calves after W6 R1 and I think that was probably a good decision as I had no problems. It seems to me that mental attitude has a large bearing on your success in the plan so I've got a few tricks up my sleeve to keep my head in the right place:

1: Don't think about how long you're running for, just visualise your run. Top sportspeople use visualisation to picture themselves succeeding and imagine how they will deal with certain situations in their arena. This is the kind of thing that will help mentally no matter what level you are at I think.

2: I try not to think about the run, I'll let my mind drift to other things in my life (positive things) then as I do that I'll find my rhythm and it helps the run go by for me.

3: Music, this can be a powerful and evocative thing at the best of times and using this during a run is no exception. A couple of people have asked about my playlist so I'll share that with you. Obviously it's all down to personal taste but I'll explain my choices to give you an idea.

New Order - True Faith: This is a track I've used to psyche myself up in the past, it's got a strong beat and bassline that works me up and it's good to help me maintain a brisk pace during the warm-up. Also I'll sing along possibly drawing strange glances from passers-by.

The Clash - Train in Vain: Another song with a good beat to get me going as it's time to start the run but hopefully not set off too quickly.

Stone Roses - This Is The One: Much like the first track this is another one to psyche me up.

Reel Big Fish - Take on Me: A ska cover of the 80s classic. Very energetic but don't try to sing along as you may be out of breath.

Iggy & The Stooges - Search And Destroy: A good track if I'm flagging, driving guitars pushing me on.

Pixies - Dig For Fire: Upbeat and positive tune, always makes me feel happy which is useful if I'm tiring.

Nelly Furtado - Maneater: The first time I heard this it seemed completely tuneless but after a while the rhythm got to me and helps maintain pace.

McAlmont and Butler - Yes: This is for your (hopefully) triumphant return, rousing strings and vocals with an affirmative message. Great tune!

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Lovely! Great advice, will also check out some of those tracks thx :)


Amazing playlist, esp McAlmont and all time favourite of mine! I must admit to quite liking some of Laura's music though (which I'd only ever admit on here!!) Good advice too, am dreading w6r3 tomorrow, which is a case of mind over matter.


I'm sure you'll do great! I managed to get through the whole plan and am still running regularly :)


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