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InstaSays – What has running taught you?

The skills that you acquire when training and the processes you can go through during a run can teach you so many lifeskills. We often focus on the physical benefits, but there is so much more. The simple sport of running can have a huge impact. I think one of the best quotes that I have seen is :

 

I dare you to train for a marathon and not have it change your life.

Susan Sidoriak

So this weeks question for InstaSays was ‘What has running taught you?’ Make sure that you are following me on Instagram and watching my stories, so that you can take part. Also, if you missed the last InstaSays click here.

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To be patient.

@thays.de.freitas

To take the time for myself to run. It makes me a better mummy, wife and just happier.

@_hales_j

How to listen to my body more and how every run is good for you, not matter how far or fast.

@petec1984

To be patient… although it doesn’t always work! 

@wife_mum_runner_

Running doesn’t need to be driven by pb’s and competing against others, the best positives are how it helps with your mental health and wellbeing.

@nessie76180203

Patience! It doesn’t all happen at once (fitness, distance, speed etc).

@misspondruns

That it’s all mind over matter.

@ellie1132

That you NEVER feel worse off for having run.

@haynesyhaynes

That I can get up early 😴and that running friends are the best 🙂

@mrsbrems

That if I set myself a challenge, I will see it through!

@clairesmarathonmusings

That you can make time for anything even if it’s 20-30 minutes.

@jparker1186

That I have fragile feet and knees 😂

@thephdrunner

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InstaSays – What do you look forward to the most at the end of a run?

When I was training for the Chicago Marathon (read about it here) I used to play mind games with myself to get through some of the long runs. One of them was telling myself that I could have a coke at the end of the run, as long as I didn’t walk!

Looking forward to treats can really help you get through a race/run. The MNDA is awesome at post-run treats. The cold mars bar at the end of the London Marathon is the best ever. So this week, I thought I would ask the running community on Instagram what they looked forward to at the end of a run. I am a big fan of For Goodness Shakes chocolate milkshake too. A few runs have been mapped to finish at the local supermarket so that I can buy a milkshake.

Is you post run treat listed below? If you look forward to something different, let me know in the comments. Add your IG handle and I can add it to the post.

 

Ruth
That is the joy of getting a coke after 22 miles!

A cuddle with my cat!!❤️😽

Sitting that evening with a nice glass of something feeling proud as hell of myself.🥰🙌🏻

A glass of milk! Sometimes with Nesquik mixed in 😂

A large glass of chocolate milkshake.

If it’s a long run day with Ruth & Christine it’s definitely a hot drink & a snack.🙂

A diet coke 😂

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InstaSays – What are your running goals for September?

How is it September already? This is just a crazy year! Didn’t  April seem to last for a year on its own and now it’s September. The weather seemed to change over night and it now feels like 2021 is crashing toward us quicker than Eliud Kipchoge can run!

So, for this weeks InstaSays I  decided to ask what everyone’s goal is for September. After my crazy moment and signing up for the Virtual London Marathon. (I say crazy as I gave myself a 5-week marathon training cycle) I have no choice. I’ll be using September to try and get some long runs in!😬

If you missed last week’s InstaSays, click here. Also, make sure that you are following my on Instagram so that you can get involved.

Find out below, what others are setting their sites on. Please feel free to add your own goals to the comments, with you IG handle and I can add it to the post.

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Finish marathon training strong and without injury!

@ellebrownmoves

Maintain consistent mileage (40+) a week alongside strength training.

@ahealthiermoo

Consistency with having a new job but remaining kind to myself (2nd one is the hardest)

@lexielovestorun

Increase my mileage and get used to the heat!!🥵🥵

@gattina_rosa_runs

Make it through having ran at least once!🙈😂

@wife_mum_runner_

I did 100 miles in August. So hoping to beat that with 120!

@kharttt179

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InstaSays – What is your favourite training session?

Earlier in the year, when Manchester Marathon was cancelled along with all other races, I assumed I would not be running a marathon in 2020. Well that was a sensible assumption, until I had a crazy half an hour on a road trip to Scotland. 

When London Marathon announced that they were hosting a virtual race a few weeks back, I remember looking. I wasn’t sure if the race was open to anyone, or just those previously entered. When I couldn’t find the link I assumed it was the latter.

Then as I scrolled through Instagram Stories, I saw that Emma (@thephdrunner) was entered. Stupidly I sent and asked how she entered. Emma then very kindly sent me a link. Obviously that meant that I HAD to enter. When will I ever learn??? Emma it is entirely your fault 🤣.

So a crazy 30 minutes means that I now have 26.2 miles to run (with a lot of walking) in FIVE WEEKS! That means my training is needing to ramp up. Obviously I have run marathons before (read here, here and here) but I think this is going to be a very different experience! 

So this week I used InstaSays to ask what everyones favourite training session was. Below are the responses. 

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It's a shame there is no expo this year. Last year was SO much fun!

6 x 1 mile at marathon pace. When you get it right  😂

@leanne_262

Sunday long run, it’s the victory lap of the week. Time to just enjoy some steady/easy miles.

@misspondruns

Speed work 🤗 🥵

@_hales_j

2 mile warm up, 5K tempo pace, 2 miles cool down. Longish run, but a bit in the middle to push yourself 😊

@clairesmarathonmusings

I do like a bit of intervals (which I haven’t done for ages)!

Does rest day count?😂 🤣

@mrsbrems

Are you running the Virtual London Marathon? Let me know below. If you have signed up late, let me know what your training is going to like. I am planning a run/walk strategy, would love to know what your race day plans are too. 

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InstaSays – What is your running mantra/go to quote?

When I ran the London Marathon for the first time in 2014, I remember reading a quote on the back of a runners vest. It was mile 22 of the marathon, I was starting to fade and the quote said “She believed that she could, so she did.” That quote really helped me to finish that marathon. It is my go to now, whenever things get tough. 

Positive mental attitude and positive affirmations can really help during races (and everyday life to be honest) So I thought I’d ask Instagram what everyone’s mantra / go to quotes.

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Always Forward

@ellebrownmoves

Just take the next step💙

@clairesmarathonmusings

You know you can do this! Just a bit further

@jparker1186

You can! You will! 🏃‍♀️❤️

@_hales_j

Pain is temporary, glory is forever.

@haynesyhaynes

Keep smiling, keep moving 🙌🏻

@whatleanneran

Keep showing up

@lexielovestorun

You can do tough shit!

@lisamarietowns

Do you use any of the above? Do you have another one? Drop your quote below and you IG handle and I can add you to the list.

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InstaSays – How are you keeping yourself motivated with no races on?

Recently I shared a post discussing virtual challenges and races. Read here. I have found that these have kept me motivated during lockdown, especially with no events to train for. I then wonder how everyone else was managing to keep themselves motivated. So I put up a question box on my InstaStory asking “How are you keeping yourself motivated with no races on?” and below are the answers.

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I’ve just moved to a new country – so am using running as an opportunity to explore!

@gattina_rosa_runs

Virtual races and working on speed!

@ellebrownmoves

Work is keeping me busy with exercise sessions for patients due to COVID, so not doing much running.

@nessie76180203

Setting long term goals. (100 miler booked for October😬).

@ahealthiermoo

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Focussing on getting strong and building a good base for 2021.

@misspondruns

Signing up for virtual runs and eating all the food. 🐷

@mrsbrems

Running lots of easy miles. ❤️❤️❤️

@lexielovestorun

Lots of virtual races, you meet tons of new friends & more strength work at home.🤗

@_hales_j

I’m not…😂

@wife_mum_runner_

By reminding myself how strong and fit I want to be for the day that races return!

@clairesmarathonmusings

Do you have a different way to keep yourself motivated? Drop a comment below, with your IG handle and I will add it to the list. If you enjoy reading these, please consider subscribing and following me on Instagram so you can take part. 

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