Shit I Learned On LEJOG
- Stopping at traffic lights is OK – Part of me still thinks that stopping on a run at all is cheating but I had a little choice in cities like Birmingham. It’s a choice betweem stopping or death.
- Eating on the run is possible – Got into the bad habit of buying stuff in shops and eating the contents whilst I ran. The best example was the angry bar encounter I had with the drunk that kept calling me ‘Big Man’. I took my crisps outside with me when I left, cracked open the packet and started jog-munching.
- Moving forward is all that matters – I’ve often driven myself mad by asking myself ‘how slow do I have to be moving for it to be considered a run or a jog?’ When I was running from Derby to Sheffield I was glad that I could move at any speed. Pace stopped mattering. I needed to get to John O’Groats and that was the only thing on my mind.
- Mind games can help – I tried not to focus on the distance remaining and instead considered the LEJOG run as a full time job for 5 weeks. I wanted to ‘work’ for 35 hours a week spread over 7 days instead of the usual 5. When I enjoy my ‘job’ the time goes by a lot more quickly so I focused on relaxing and staying comfortable.
- I don’t need that much food to keep moving – When I’m jogging slowly my body tends to fuel itself off fat which I have a large supply of. I ate small amounts of carbohydrates at each stop just to get my motor running again and that’s all that mattered.
- If I am feeling OK on the run now, that’s all that matters – It’s way too easy to overthink running and to start mentally running hills that are 20 miles away. It’s a waste of energy. The present moment presents enough challenges without making it harder for myself.
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