I started writing this post on Friday, it was full of woe as I had a fairly crappy run on Tuesday. I won’t go in to all the detail, but a few of my friends on dailymile.com gave me some good advice, see below.
I ditched all the moaning after Sunday’s long run.
I followed up Tuesday’s run with a much better, shorter run, so I was a lot happier. Fast forward to Sunday and we had some really nice weather here, no rain for a change and even some sunshine and blue skies! So I decided to go for a long run again, I’d normally do my long runs on a Monday morning, but a new short-term job has made me change my schedule.
I was feeling good as I set off for the run, it was a new route so plenty of new things to see on the way. The bees nest on the side of a fence was a surprise! I had visions of being chased by a swarm of angry bees, that didn’t happen thankfully. I reached my half way point ahead of time so I turned around and took my energy gel at around seven miles.
For the last four miles I tried something new to occupy my mind as I ran. There are overhanging trees for most route, so I’d focus on a particular leaf or branch until I reached it. I’d then pick another one out in the distance and run to it. It worked for me and also made sure I kept my head up while I ran. I reached home after 11.09 miles in 2:02, I was really happy with that, definitely fun in the sun!
And did I mention its only two weeks until my first half marathon?