This evening I had a really good run. I felt really strong and like I was actually running!
As it was dusk when I went out for a run I thought that I should choose a route that was well lit for both practicality and safety, so I ran along a wide busy road.
A year ago I would never have run down there. Why?
Firstly it’s very busy and public and I would not have wanted to be seen out either huffing and puffing or in my Lycra walking. Secondly I looked down on it as a place to run. Boring, no nice scenery, petrol fumes, yeuch!
Tonight I discovered the pleasures of smooth paved running surfaces, gentle slopes instead of steep hills, no cowpats no flies! It wasn’t about the scenery, it was all about the running, trying to get my weekly miles in trying to meet my objectives. I was just concentrating on the 1,2,3,4 of my feet hitting the road.
After 15 minutes I went past the Tesco express – I have only ever been there in the car before – I never considered it to be in walking distance! Then I was by the railway station a stop down from ours, past the pizza place and the wine shop – all places I have thought to be too far to walk to and I ran past them all!
According to my garmin I did 6.2 k and a whole second per mile faster than my best 5k time!
Going to bed happy tonight 😉