Week 2 of my couch to 10k training is now complete. I feel I did really well on my Wednesday run (2.43 miles in 35 minutes) but on my Friday run I felt a bit stiff, and on reflection probably looked a bit like an un-oiled tin man for the first ten minutes. This has taught me to s-t-r-e-t-c-h before every run, as stiff muscles make it unnecessarily harder.
I have been applying for jobs as often as I can this week as the charity I work for, the Royal Voluntary Service, has not confirmed they have the funding to keep me on after March 31st. This in itself is very stressful as, I sure most of you can relate, money seems a bit tight, especially towards the end of the month. Running has actually helped me a lot, which is surprising to me. At the end of the day, when my administration role has left me snow blind from paper work and my mind has gone after rewriting my CV so many times, I feel useless, angry and fed up. However, reflecting back on the day or week those three runs I have completed are golden gems that make me feel like I have accomplished something, and it makes me feel happier.
Reflecting on your day or week could help lighten your mood too. Especially if you mentally hunt for situations or experiences you feel grateful to have had. I speak to a lot of older, isolated people through the Royal Voluntary Service, and it leaves me feeling extremely thankful that I have the ability to run and the opportunity to get out there and do it for myself.
What’s stopping you?