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W9R1 - it's all in my head!


This forum is so positive and so supportive that I hate coming on sounding negative, but yesterday I found W9R1 the hardest yet - the middle 10 minutes were torture: not physical (my legs kept pumping) but mentally I wanted to be anywhere but doing what I was doing. Found myself breaking a routine task I do at work into minute steps as if I had to explain it to a complete novice....anything to keep those gremlins at bay! I have recently switched to listening to classical music and luckily, just when I was thinking of throwing in the towel, I clicked on an 8 minute piece that matched my cadence exactly, and that kept me going until I had only 5 minutes left and I convinced myself I'd hate having to come on here and say that I quit.

Not sure if I can face in to W9R2 tomorrow, but don't want to have it hanging over me - I really want to get to the end, but it's (self-inflicted) torture. How do people deal with those gremlins?

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Blimey! You've done absolutely amazingly getting this far - just remember how far you've come and what running felt like 9 short weeks ago...

I'm in week 8 and I can definitely relate to how you're feeling, sometimes the long runs are unenjoyable and feel like a bit of an ordeal; and sometimes everything clicks and you're flying around!

Not sure what to advise... Beyond maybe changing your route? Trying a different time of day? Giving it an extra day's rest? Putting together your absolute favourite songs or classical pieces on a 30 minute play list? Planning a really nice treat or new running gear/gadget for your graduation prize?

Best of luck! Look forward to seeing your new shiny green badge on here very soon!

I too am finding the longer runs much more difficult it was wk8 r1 yesterday and the first 15 mins were torcher, then i seamed to get into a stride and when Laura said 5 mins left i felt very deflated and my legs just wanted to give up so i stared to count birds which too my mind of the pain and when i had finished i was so pleased with myself for compleating it. Iv decided to make my own play lists to match my running pace and now i cart wait to try it andsee if the beat of music helps. I downloaded an app called BPM Detector and went through my itune libary picking song at 150Bpm which is for a pace of 6min per km. To work this out i went to jog.fm and you put in how long it takes you to a km and it does the rest and come up with a list of tracks that you can download but me being tight i flicked through the list and when i found a songthat i had on my libary i then put it on my playlist. Iv made 2 lists 1 at 150Bpm and 1 at 160BPM to see if the beat could speed me up.

Well done for getting this far, you CARNT! give in now its just 2 more runs till graduation and like wickwarrunner said give your self a graduation treat as an insentive to carry on.



But it's hard! You're running for 30 minutes! Think back to when you first started, and just look at how far you've come, mentally and physically. I found I needed to leave an extra day between runs when I got to the 28 minute mark, just to let my legs recover. If it's just boredom - try your own play list, or a different route perhaps. But don't despair, you're nearly there and you are doing so well! I hope the next two runs are better for you. I look forward to seeing your graduation blog :)

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