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One of the good ones


I was tired on Friday and Saturday and slept in late this morning to catch up.  I did feel better after 12 hours sleep but not like rushing out for a run.  By 3 pm I started thinking about going for a run and wondering how far it should be.   I know I need to start increasing my distances,  but  decided to be sensible  and not  do too much too soon.  I shouldn’t jump back to running everyday, 25 plus miles a week and increase my long runs at the same time if I don’t want to get injured.  Long run pencilled in for mid-week! (Phew, got out of that easily)

I finally got out the door at 5pm, after lots of procrastination.  It turned out to be a very good run.  I Just went.  I wore my Garmin to record distance but otherwise ignored it, (apart from stopping it when I had to pause to re-lace my shoes which felt too tight).  I ran without music and loved it.   I ran to my own beat and took in the sights and sounds  of a late Sunday afternoon in London.  I assumed I would run at  an easy pace but leaving my body to choose what felt natural  ended up running faster than my so-called easy or long run paces.

It was one of those enjoyable runs that felt so good and made me think I really should do this every day, all the time.  It only takes half an hour to fit in a good quick run after all!  Funny how it had taken me 3 hours to make the step out of the door.  I only went today because it was day 9 of Juneathon and had to, just shows the power of Juneathon (and Janathon) in forming habits to run regularly (or go to parkrun, or BMF). Thank goodness I can take part twice a year to keep me motivated.   And as they say,  ‘Motivation is what gets you started but habits keep you going’!

Juneathon day 9.  3.38 miles,  30.53 mins

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

9 thoughts on “One of the good ones

  1. Why don’t I do it everyday?
    DOMS that’s why. Because running everyday leads to CATTMS (continuous, all-the-time muscle stiffness).
    Well that’s what I think.
    Recovery is good.

    Glad you enjoyed tour run though 🙂

  2. This is one of those ‘running for runnings sake’ I love that. I’ve given up on music while running almost completely and I love leaving the Garmin behind too periodically. There’s nothing like having the wind in your hair and grit in your heart. Well run!

  3. Ooh. Are you trading in 9:18 min miles for something faster? May I have first refusal?

  4. Sounds like a great run.
    I love it when everything just feels right!

  5. I often have to battle getting out the door too – too much ‘umming’ and ‘erring’ and really deciding if I’m awake enough or not 😉 Must always remember how great a run can make you feel though! In a weird way sometimes my best runs are when I’m not feeling it beforehand, and the bad ones are the ones I’ve hyped up and go wrong! Good luck with the rest of your Juneathon!

  6. I had the same problem Sunday. I didn’t plan a run wth anyone so I read the paper, watched the Sunday new programs and worked in my garden.
    As the day went on I began to get that feeling you get when you don’t run for a few days. I knew I needed to get out and the blahs finally got me out the door for a little over 2 measly little miles!
    It was better than nothing but I’m still a little dissapointed in my self.

  7. Love it when you have a fab run 🙂 I would also highly recommend the -athons to anyone needing some motivation (and people to bully you, haha)

  8. I love the surprise good runs – it’s always (well, often) the ones that you least expect that are the most enjoyable.

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