Missing Mojo and Other Stories

Sorry folks, I know I haven’t been posting as often as I’d like, but don’t want to bore you all too much so that you can’t face reading the blog 🙂

Well, what’s new since I last checked in?  Firstly 2 new purchases:

Not quite so shiny now as I took them out and got them covered in mud :)
Not quite so shiny now as I took them out and got them covered in mud 🙂
It's actually a triathlon watch, you know, just in case!
It’s actually a triathlon watch, you know, just in case!

These were purchased during moments of weakness as I’m skint now until next pay day!  Unfortunately my poor old Garmin Forerunner 305 has stopped making any kind of tone alerts which was a bit rubbish when taking beginners at jogscotland as the program is timed walk / runs.  This beauty though has a battery life of up to 20 hours, so I have something in mind to test out this capability at some point in the future.

I also had the opportunity to go and sing at Murrayfield for the Scotland v Argentina game.  It was amazing to sing on the pitch and to be there to sing Flower of Scotland.  The crowd were amazing and we seemed to get a pretty good reception.  Had a great time with my Peterculter Rock Choir chums.

Now down to the business of running.  Well, erm, let’s just say it’s not been great.  I should actually be on my way home from Speedsters instead of sitting writing this blog, but I just can’t find the motivation.  I managed to have a little run down in my home town at the weekend round my old stomping ground and used that opportunity to try out my new Garmin, but other than that I’m not really feeling the love at the moment.

I did make the most of the opportunity to take a couple of snaps of my run:

The river close to my parent's house
The river close to my parent’s house
Another view of the river
Another view of the river
Looking out over the hills
The view going back to the house

So, now I need to try to find my running mojo again.  I’d set myself a target of running 700 miles this year, which is way more than I’ve ever managed before.  In fact right now I’ve run more miles than I have ever done and I’m really pleased with that achievement, but I’m not sure I’ll make it to the 700.  It will be a big ask, and although I have proved to myself before that I can do what I put my mind to, I’m just not sure if I can be bothered.

Once the clocks change, I just want to do less and less as it gets colder and darker, but I know that if I do get myself out I’ll feel better, so it is a bit of a double edged sword.  So therefore, what I need is a plan to keep me motivated.

I’m happy with the fact that I’ve run farther than ever this year both in terms of total mileage for the year and for running in one go, which was the Callanish Stones Marathon and my reason for starting this blog.

I have a few target races for next year, including at least one more marathon, but it has been suggested that a spring marathon might be good to make me concentrate over the winter.  My problem being that I can’t really run anything that has a cut off time.  I’d never make it.

So I guess I’m just going to try to keep my fitness up over the winter and see what happens.  If anyone has any suggestions for races, please let me know.  I’m already intending on doing or have entered; Aberdeen Santa Run, Arbroath Smokies Ladies 10m, Inverness Half Marathon, Baker Hughes 10k, Great North Run and Loch Ness Marathon.

I’m sure I can through a couple more in there too.  So if you happen to be out running, and you find my running mojo, please can I have it back?

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