F210K The End

Sort of.

I did Week10 Day1 using the podcast on that fateful poo-filled morning run and decided that I really, really didn’t like the speed and music on the podcast so I downloaded a fixed beat mix and used that instead.

On Sunday we were having lunch with some friends, so I left the house an hour and a half early and ran as far as I could until M picked me up. I ended up covering 13km in 1hr 15min before he ran me down with the range rover 🙂 I’d prepared a change of clothes that he brought for me and I changed at the pub and then sat down to a lunch of seafood thai curry.

I put my mobile into my armband in case he needed to call me, so it was the first time I ran without music and it was quite refreshing – although, I wasn’t very enamoured with listening to myself gasping and wheezing for the entire time.

So now I’m without a focus for my runs. I guess I could spend some more time refining my time and work towards actually doing 10km in 50mins but I’m not sure whether I really want to. The pace on my last run calculates into 57 minutes for 10km, so I broke the one hour barrier that I had originally set out to break and at the moment, I think that is good enough.

My other thought is, ‘Do I want to keep running?’

A thought at the back of my mind that I will lose my ability to run if I stop running has kind of been spurring me on so far. It would be a waste to have spent four months getting this far and then throw it all away. I have a feeling that running is not like bike-riding and that you can just go back to it effortlessly after a long break…

Ultimately, I would like to do a half-marathon. They say if you can do 10km comfortably then a half is totally do-able. Looking on the calendars though, there’s nothing here until April next year. I don’t think I need 5 months of training for it, do you?

So, yeah…limbo. That’s where I’m at now.

I haven’t run since Sunday and it’s Thursday now. If I don’t run today, it will be the longest break I’ve had from running since I began this whole thing.

What to do?

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  1. I say keep it up subtle. You have come so far and improved so much, and really you can only improve more, fine tune yourself. Once you take a break, then there’s a thousand-and-one more reasons to take more breaks, and you get out of the habit of it. I am so impressed that you’ve accomplished so much. You have really been an inspiration to me to keep going on my own exercise and eating plans. I am doing the biking, which is different I know from running, but that is only due to a leg injury.
    But I get up and tackle hills and soggy rotten weather at times with the mantra that if subtle can do it I can too. I guess in a way I see you as a work-out buddy even half a world a way. And hells bells you get music on your run! Lucky! I have to watch for traffic too much, bleh. Please, please don’t give up. Use the five months to really hone yourself for that next run!
    sincerely,
    shula

    1. Wow…I don’t know what to say except…”Are you sure you’re using the right person for motivation?” because I kind of suck at being inspirational 🙂

      I’ve been thinking a little about not being so gung ho about things. Doing 30mins runs and not feeling like I have to break the land speed record. At the moment I have a huge build up to each run like it’s some epoch-making thing and it’s easy to talk myself out of it. Psychologically, I need to make it more do-able and not so scary and overwhelming.

      Good on you for keeping up the biking! I’d be terrified biking around Perth anywhere but on the bike paths as drivers are scary. I think it’s so hard to stick with any sort of exercise/diet/healthy living routine in the long term. As you said, it’s so easy to use an excuse, any old excuse not to do it and let’s face it, easy is so much more appealing 🙂

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