Columns The Runner Beans rounds up the reasons why the first mile can seem like it lasts an eternity as you convince yourself not to turn around. I can’t be bothered to run. I don’t want to get up out of my warm, cosy bed into the cold dark morning. One missed run won’t hurt. I’ll run later instead. These are the arguments that go through my head at 5 a.m. when my alarm goes off for my pre-work training run.
Photo: Via @therunnerbeansNow it’s finally light(ish), when that obscenely early alarm goes it's signalling that it’s time not only to get up, but to work out. I’m currently training for the Boston and London marathons, and studying full-time to become a dietitian on top of working, which means a lot of my runs are done before 7am otherwise, well, they wouldn’t get done.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be one of the most stressful – especially when you factor in long drives to see family, last-minute present shopping and supermarket car parks that resemble fairground bumper cars. MIND charity published data showing that many of us (11 percent) feel unable to cope at Christmas time, particularly those already suffering from a mental health problem (31 percent).
@teef2 Personally I enjoyed the jelly babies - was running for fun so why not enjoy the on-course goodies? And with poor planning on my behalf I hadn’t drunk enough water pre run so used the refreshment stations!