The Postcode Challenge and Do Your Own Thing!

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Hello! Good evening! I just wanted to tell you what I’ve been up to today and to see if I can help inspire or motivate anyone if they’ve got problems with their running or training, that kind of thing.

So, I decided that as I have been doing the same routes running all the time recently, bit here, bit there, not doing too much, I wanted to shake it up a bit and do something different, I decided to set up my own Postcode Challenge where I can go and do a mile in every single one of a postcode area. So if you live in Leeds – LS1, LS2, LS3 and so on, do a mile in each of those until you get to the end of however many postcode areas there are in that area.

My postcode challenge

I live in the Wakefield postcode area, so I today have focused on the West side of the City so I have gone and done a mile in WF12, WF13, WF14, WF15, WF16, and WF17. I’ve ran six miles, one mile in each of those. I’ve ran my mile, stopped my watch, uploaded my time to Garmin and Strava as per normal (as runners do!) Then drove to the next place, done another mile, same again with uploads, and then on to the next place. It’s taken me a lot longer to run six miles than it would do normally as I have got the driving inbetween but I have seen a lot more different places.

Part of the benefit of this is that I am not doing the same routes all the time. I’m doing something different. I am going somewhere new. I am going to places like Liversedge where I’ve never been before. I’ve been to Batley. I’ve been to exciting places like Dewsbury and Mirfield and places like that! I am doing something different by going somewhere new. My running times were alright. They were decent. I was focusing on the surroundings around me rather than plodding round the same routes as normal.

I want to give this tip that if you are struggling with your running, or if you are not sure how to motivate yourself for the next thing, shake it up a bit, do something different! Take on a different approach to it. Look to see how you can do things differently. Look to see what other people do. Get inspired by them. Be motivated to do something differently. You don’t have to do what everyone else does. You can shake it up and do your own thing.

Do your own thing!

Runners tend to do race after race after race. They tend to do the same parkrun after parkrun after parkrun. Do your own thing! That’s the one tip I am trying to give here. Do your own thing!

It makes such a difference to you to be able to say ‘I am in control of this. I am not controlled by them. I am not influenced by them. I am doing what I want to do!’ And that is the tip here – go and do what you want to do.

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