Running Scared

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As you may know, I’ve started jogging round my local park a few times a week. As it’s nice weather, that tends to mean a fair bit of people and dog dodging as the path is quite narrow. Today, I was grabbed by a child and befrended by a German Shepherd (I literally looked down to see him padding along next to me like some kind of spirit animal). Whilst I don’t mind a minimal amount of interruption I’ve found that it does distract me and slows me down. It also makes me very aware that I’m a young woman on my own running through some secluded areas where anything could happen. I know that this sounds paranoid but I have become suspicious of anyone without an obvious ‘purpose’ to be there (running, dog walking, with children etc.) I’m not sure what I can do to protect myself or make myself less vunerable? I do go to boxing classes so could probably defend myself to a certain extent but I don’t know what I can do to prevent anything happening in the first place. Perhaps I need to borrow someone’s dog.

The other problem that I’ve encountered is focusing on pushing myself. I’ve found that if I think ‘I’ll run to that tree’ I can get there but no further – it’s like my brain holds back the exhaution until I reach my goal then heaps it on so I can’t go on. I’ve been trying to look at the concrete in front of my feet to stop this but it’s a difficult habit to break. I’m still not entirely sure what I should be doing wth my breathing either which doesn’t help. I’m just trying to keep it steady but the path I run on is quite hilly so that often doesn’t work.

In other news, I’ve started properly timing my runs and I knocked a whole two minutes off my PB so I’m pleased that I’m improving. Yay me!

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8 thoughts on “Running Scared

  1. You need to purse your mouth like a fish and breathe evenly and deeply through your mouth. You should always be able to talk. Do not shallow breathe. I’m a blogger here as well and a certified fitness professional. I am an avid runner and coach.

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  2. Yay I can so relate to these quite paranoid thoughts! I don’t like running alone in secluded areas. I want a German Shepard along! I do karate, so I can put up a good defense – but you never know! :O If you put a goal to reach a light post, you can make it to a game. First light post – run slow, second run medium, third as fast as you can. And repeat 🙂 Just don’t stop! Unless you puke, faint or die! Haha just kidding! Keep up the good work

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    1. Thanks Annica! I’m sure I’m just being paranoid, there’s usually quite a lot of people around. Maybe I shoud do martial arts 🙂 I’ll try your method tomorrow with litter bins, they’re spaced quite evenly down the path. Will try not to throw up!

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      1. This works too! Sprint finish nearly killed me though! Joking aside, pushing myself harder felt really good 🙂

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