RUN THREE: I usually look forward to the weekend long run but for this run I was really struggling to get out the door. I usually do the 10 minute test, which is essentially just giving it a go and running for at least 10 minutes. At the end of this time, if for whatever reason I’m not getting into my run, I stop and go home. This 10 minute rule helps me less likely to miss a run. Also, I know that all I’ve got to do is run for 10 minutes and that is small enough goal to deal with in the early hours of the morning. Usually after 10 minutes my morning grump disappears, my muscles relax, and I find my stride.
Weekend long runs are a bit of a different mindset. I either aim for a particular distance or a set duration of time for a long run. So the 10 minute rule helps me get out the door but staying motivated to meet my distance or time goal takes a bit more digging around for the motivation fairy. For my long runs I sometimes listen to music to keep my going and other times I listen to Zombies, run! storyline to keep me engaged (more on this app later). So this run was a struggle to get out and stay out, but it’s done! 8.25km in 49:30 minutes.
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