Imaginary running buddies

Just before I ran* my first ultra, Rachel (@fairweatherrun) told me that she (and other ‘athoners) would be running alongside me in spirit willing me on.

That thought may not have been able to keep me running, but at my lowest points in the race, when I was walking with nobody else in sight, I visualised Rachel just ahead of me and kept plodding on.

It’s a technique I’ve used many times since, especially when my training plan features words like ‘Go Hard’, ‘All Out’ or ‘Fast’, and Rachel is often my unwitting pacer.

But last night, for my mile reps, my buddy of choice was Sarah (@mia79gbr), partly because she once waxed lyrical to me about the benefits of mile reps and partly because she is a plodder who has made the transition to speedy bod.  Something which this plodder would love to achieve.


*walked and crawled


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A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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7 Responses to Imaginary running buddies

  1. plustenner says:

    if you are a plodder, what does that make me – a slogger 😀

  2. shazruns says:

    Blimey I just checked out sarah’s training plan it talks of 7 minute miles, she sure is speedy

  3. You’re a great imaginary running buddy too. However far I have to run I can’t feel sorry for myself when I think of you running 50k, 50miles!

  4. fortnightflo says:

    25 something parkrun – you are not a plodder!

  5. blackandtabby says:

    My husband once referred to all of my online friends as ‘imaginary friends’. I’ve no problem with that – nothing like imaginary friends to keep you going!

  6. mia79gbr says:

    Hooray!! Am honoured to be your virtual running buddy!! Just imagine me running slightly in front of you holding out a delicious creme egg to you!! 🙂

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