As you know I have recently started running. I have been looking for a way to lose weight and get fitter. In order to run all you need is a pair of shoes, I have those so I got started. I always get up early in the morning and have started going out for a run when I would normally be getting organised for the day. This is usually about 6.30am. Don’t ask what time I get up!
I have been quite pleased with my progress. Over the course of two weeks I have managed build up to running a mile. I have also managed to lose 6lbs in the process which I am very pleased with. Eddie, the dog, is also thoroughly enjoying himself. He runs beside me with the odd foray into the woods to see what he can find. I have been enjoying myself, there is something nice about running when no one else is around. You can hear your breath in your ears and the pounding of your feet on the gravel path, with the soft pad of claws running along beside you. The birds are singing in the trees and you can watch the sun waking up. I have also managed to see the odd rabbit beside the stream, they seem to be up and about early.
I have been lucky with the weather up till now, most days it has been dry. I had my first experience of running in the rain the other day and I have to say that was wet. It was actually quite exhilarating though, running though the raindrops, splashing in the puddles and returning home rather soaked and muddy. I did realise though I might need to look at what clothes I have for running in and make sure I have something suitable for the winter.
The last couple of days though I seem to have been going backwards. For some reason I have been aching all over and not wanted to go out. I missed a day yesterday but picked up again today and managed a run. I did not however seem to go as far as normal. I wondered if I have been overdoing it or maybe I am doing something wrong. I am going to ease back into it though and keep on running. I just need to get though this and then hopefully I will be better than before. I think it is going to get harder with the winter creeping in and the mornings getting darker but the benefits definitely outweigh the negatives. You can’t beat the feeling of achievement when you actually finish.
I am never going to run a four minute mile. There are too many distractions along the way. After all how many serious athletes have to stop and get the dog out of a field where he is happy chasing birds. I am, however happy with what I am achieving and and sure I will be back to normal soon. The main thing is I am enjoying it and it is a bit of time for myself.
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