Ever decreasing circles

It’s starting to get quite tricky, and motivation to go out is hard. I gave it some thought and decided that the couple of weeks when I first stopped running quite so regularly were good because my body was like: “Oh, cool, I’m nice and rested, I’ll go faster.” Then, give it a few more weeks, and my body is now: “Oh, wait, you want me to go out? But I’m so used to inside!”

Last week, I had two days off work, so I thought I would manage to go out on Thurs or Friday, and then my usual weekend run as well. That didn’t occur. It was just a Friday run for me.

Not great really, but could have been a lot worse. I know I felt as though I wanted to give up a few times but made sure not to do that.

Roll on this week, and I wasn’t keen on going out, but when I finally did get my shoes laced up, the actual running part felt okay. It wasn’t any faster, but it felt much better as I went around.

Almost an identical run, really.

So, at this point, I have to keep it in mind that I am just in maintenance mode. I don’t have the time, daylight hours, or strength to do any more at the moment, and I am simply trying to keep my body aware of what outside is like and what it is to go running. I’m doing more than I did last winter, and I have to keep that in mind even when I can feel the fitness disintegrating and all my hard work over the summer falling by the wayside.

As I was running today, I was a bit frustrated at having to avoid so many slippery leaves and mud from it just generally being autumn. I wonder what it’s like to run around an actual track. Round and round in circles could be boring, but at least you know there are no pesky hills and you can be sure of your footing. Maybe one day I’ll have a go.

6 thoughts on “Ever decreasing circles

  1. Have you ever run on the flat? Your graphs always seem to have such massive elevation changes. As someone who always runs on the flat and pretty much died the one time I tried to run with hills I’m curious as to how much difference it would make to your pace.

  2. Have you ever run on the flat?

    Where I used to run, several houses ago, before the big race, that was relatively flat. I wasn’t using Runkeeper then so hard to compare properly. I do ponder going back there one day to see how I would get on now. But it’s quite a kerfuffle to get there and find somewhere to park etc, etc, all for a little 5k run 🙂

  3. Think going round and round on a track is boring – try a Treadmill – makes even going straight boring.

  4. I’d love to try some track running. It never used to appeal, but I’d like to do a track session once a week now. It’s just a shame I don’t live near any running tracks…

  5. As I was running today, I was a bit frustrated at having to avoid so many slippery leaves and mud from it just generally being autumn.

    I know what you mean. Because of the darkness I haven’t run in the park for weeks but I was very excited to get the chance to do so today. Sadly the whole park has been ruined by all the rain and is completely waterlogged – 6in of water and almost as much mud covering the whole path in some places. It’s a shame because it’s perfectly flat and has loads of great running tracks, but the big storm we had in summer has raised the water table and ruined it 😦

    By the way, great going – I was very pleased to see on Runkeeper that you have run a very long way this year – the most out of all of my street team mates. Well done!

  6. By the way, great going – I was very pleased to see on Runkeeper that you have run a very long way this year – the most out of all of my street team mates. Well done!

    Have I really? Cool!

    I just had a peek and I’m on 99 activities this year. I’ll have to have a celebration for 100 – a cake or something. That will probably negate the whole running thing, but never mind 🙂

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