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.