1. Focus only on the day in hand, but try to stay fit enough to run tomorrow
2. Do not slavishly follow a training plan, if you don't feel like doing a certain distance, don't do it
3. Vary your routes
4. Listen to your body
5. There are no valid excuses for not running, if there's a genuine reason, you'll know it
6. The weather doesn't matter
7. The light doesn't matter
8. Don't get hung up on pace - there's always another day to try to go faster
9. Focus on your form. Sloppy running = more risk of injury = not worth it
10. Take 'active rest days' where you run slower, easier routes
Straight forward! Well, sometimes you don't really feel like it, and then, like today, I just end up doing a 'make it up on the spot' route and seeing where I feel like going - a combination of rules 3, 4 and 5 today!. I ended up braving a steep hill again and that wasn't too terrible. And running down it I concentrated on staying relaxed as I ran so as not to strain my 'please don't get bad again' knee. If you'd been near me, you'd have heard me chanting under my breath 'relax, relax, relax' as I ran down it!!
Plus, I had the added bonus of seeing a slightly-worse-for-wear bloke wandering into someone else's garden and peeing up their wall. It's those kind of quality experiences that make a random run such a pleasure!
And then I got home and sweated so much that I was walking around the house in my own puddle. Day 252... a thing of beauty.
Which is why I've earned my lovely cuppa cha!
Geeky stats stuff
|Avg Pace:||8:20 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||155 ft|