THE plan called for an easy 6 mile which in itself just makes me laugh. Easy? Whats easy about 6 miles? This was muttered under my breath on reading the schedule this morning that is posted on the fridge. My Women’s Running magazine told me to print it out (I was happy to keep it electronic) presumably so I would not be tempted to skip any runs. As I always do what I am told, that’s what I’ve done and now each day before that morning cuppa I will need to check what is due. Something to get out of be for that for sure.

Last night I read more of the magazine and in particular the article about entitled Think Positive where it states ‘20% or marathon running is the training and 80% your mindset’ this I would agree with and read on for further advice. It suggests a distraction technique of asking friends and family for a positive mantra for each mile for you to recite. Great idea but one major flaw for me:- my memory would not cope- for example I can put on my digital radio when cooking dinner and because it has a slight delay before it comes on it scares me every time when I start hearing voices as by that time I have forgotten I have put it on! 26 mantras? No chance!

On to todays ‘easy 6 miles’ the sun was shining so I gave the computer the slip and headed out. I got lost. It was windy. It was sunny. It was muddy. It was wet. It was an easy 6 miles! (one of these might be a lie)


I live down there! (top pic)                          See for miles (bottom pic)


Spotted these little fellas also struggling with the wind.



Off to find 26 friends and a marker pen!

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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5 Responses to Penultimate

  1. plustenner says:

    well done on the 6 miles! it really is gorgeous there – jealous 🙂

  2. abradypus says:

    A friend of mine wrote the mantras out, and put them in her waist pack. She then pulled one out every mile at random.

  3. Love it about the radio. Just the sort of thing I’d do. I’ve never really done the whole ‘running mantra’ thing… Does it work ?

  4. zoecakes says:

    Primroses – almost spring! 🙂

  5. fortnightflo says:

    Like the idea of the mantra – I’ll have to use that for my next one.

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