Run on, ride on…

As I mentioned in my last blog, I’ve not really ran for some time. So when a friend asked me to run on Wednesday evening, I felt I couldn’t say no.

Despite it being around two months since I last ran (and that run wasn’t one for the record books!), I managed a 6+ mile run.

I have to say, whilst I did find it pretty hard, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and I was pleased simply to be able to run that far, after so long absent.

Some facts and observations:

1) I can run further than I think, if motivated and with friends who will run that far. I’m much less motivated and impressive on my own.

2) Run through the pain barrier. I did that, and survived. It’s probably because it was of a mental barrier than an actual physical one. Perhaps it was the laziness barrier not the pain one. Either way, do it.

3) Hills seem a lot steeper than I remember them. Even the little ones that aren’t really hills. Hopefully that will go soon!

4) I will never be a runner. It’s not natural to me, and I always struggle. That said, I’ll keep giving it a go as the achievement does make up for the uncomfortable experience at the time.

The title mentions riding on, that’s because I am thinking that if the weather stays fine, I might complete the end of the Rivers Ride this weekend.

This would mean a thirty mile route from Braithwaite, over Newlands Pass, over Honister Pass, through Keswick and back.

It’s not easy, but it’s the challenge I need to complete, and ideally before the weather turns to winter!

I’ll let you know how I get on.

Incidentally, I lost four pounds at fat club this week. Not bad, but hoping for more of the same this week.

The only man in the room.

Published by Ian Curwen

Communications professional and a bit of a foodie that wants to travel more. Sharing my observations on life.

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