As I went back to leave it at home, it occurred to me that I don't really need a water bottle on a short-ish run. Anything over 5miles I would say take one but anything under that I should manage ok. But I like having one as it gives me an excuse to slow down/walk or stop during my run. That lead me on a line of thought that results in the 'theme' of this blog. I actually have a kind of collection of excuses I use to have short breathers on my runs, both long and short, and I figured - excellent a 'lets make a list' blog. nice and easy and I like to have one for every Janathon. so here it is! :)
- Stopping to take a sip of water (see above)
- Re-tying of laces - if you really need a break, just pretend they need re-tied
- Stopping to look at scenery - doesn't really work on a 'route round the crappy estate' run but great if you are near the country side or other 'nice place'
- Mid-run stretches - one of my favs and it's probably good for you
- Changing iTunes playlist. Fiddling with garmin/other electronic devices also works
- Navigating over muddy bits - not a very good one but I'm running out of ideas. Kind of works on off-road runs though, I think
Ok, I've run out of ideas here. But the above can be repeated throughout your run so that's really plenty. Also, for a bit of balance thought I would include a good reason to not take a break an KEEP ON GOING: Spotting a hot, fit fellow runner and not wanting to feel like a overweight, unfit heifer - pick up the pace and look nonchalant.
Oh, and my run - not very interesting. a bit off-road muddiness and of course - bloody steep hills.
dysfunctional water bottles: 1
mid-run breaks: oh, a few