The morning runs are definitely the way forward at the moment, especially with the weather being so gorgeous. Thursday morning was swapped for Friday and I set off round the village with all the good intentions of a nice 30 minutes before work. What I learned on that run was that it’s all very well and good to go freestyling with a route, but it’s a daft idea at 6.30 in the morning. It started well, left at the front door, down the road, decide that big hill isn’t on the cards, so let’s turn right. Off I go, tra la la, faced with a crossroads idiot girl here thinks let’s not turn right back to the main road, let’s go straight on. Hmmm. As my watch beeps onto 30 minutes, I realise that I’m still a good mile and a half from home and there’s not really a possibility of a shortcut. So on I plod ending up with a 42 minute run, just shy of 4 miles and 10 minutes late for work.
Today’s effort was totally different. For starters I measured it before I set off… I ran with a mate from work who is running the Race for Life in a couple of weeks. She has a similar story to me, hated running at school, started gymming a while back and then decided to run. This was her chance to fit in a nice outside run (she’s a treadmill bunny at the moment) before the big day. I have to admit that I was dreading it in case she was better than me – I had visions of me having offered to go out with her and then being left in a trail of her dust. As it was, it was rather lovely. It was really nice to be able to offer advice that people had given me (don’t set off too fast, it’s better to keep running at a steady pace than go belting off and have to stop, use nearer landmarks to break down the distance and keep you going, don’t use ducks as landmarks, those sorts of thing). And without coming over all C-list celebrity opening their old school fete, it was also nice to feel like I was giving something back. When I started out, my other half and my friend the bully slowed down and run-walked with me from doing a couple of minutes up to 3 miles and now it’s my turn.
So today’s morals are:
1. Don’t invent runs when you’re supposed to be going to work because inevitably you will end up late.
2. Go out running with someone who’s just starting out if you get the chance because you’ll both get something out of it.