I don’t feel like I have been for a ‘proper’ run for ages and I was starting to feel a bit twitchy. As luck would have it, today was very straight forwards at work and I got away early. It was a beautiful day so I was straight out for a run. I started out through the village and it was a rough start, saying to myself, keep going, just keep going, past the 2 pubs with people sitting outside enjoying a beer in the sun. Then, like waking up from a dream, I realised that I was settled, in a rhythm , running down a country lane. Then I remembered why I run.
I started out running because I wanted to lose weight and get fit. Now I still want to lose weight, get fit and get better at running, but that’s not why I run. Although I have those aims, these are things that take a long time to achieve at my age and there aren’t enough results to keep me going. I run because it’s a chance to ‘get away from it all’. I am by nature quite introverted, so although I like people and am interested in them, there are times when I just need to be completely alone to charge my batteries, away from work, from family and away from the chattering voices of thoughts and opinions in my head. Going for a run along a nice trail or up a hill does the trick. Getting away from the cars and the crowds, listening to my rasping breath and looking out for potholes/ cowpats/ and pathways just forces everything else out of my head.
Today I went up yellow hill. There’s a good view of the town, and all the other times I have been there it’s been quite breezy on top of the hill..I have to say that I was a little surprised and disappointed when I got there to find people CAMPING there! It is not a campsite!Anyway I moved on, as it wasn’t that cool up there either. I ran steeply downhill down a rocky path which is normally a stream in winter and felt proud of myself as I surefootedly bounced from rock to rock. Sadly I paid for that when I got home, as I was bending over to get dressed my back went into spasm and I have been struggling to stand up straight! I’ve been stretching and foam rolling all evening with some benefit, so I’m hoping that it won’t stiffen overnight.
But it was a ‘proper run’. Out on a hill, out of breath,!