Yes, yes, YES!
This morning I managed a 6 miler. The longest I have run since November, so I am pleased with myself.
I faced the wind and the spitting rain and the hilly bits, and in return got fresh air, the sky, the odd glimpse of sunshine, fellow runners, walkers, dogs, swans, a brook, a lake and sometimes the wind behind me. Not such a bad deal!
I didn’t stop to take any pictures, because that almost inevitably would have meant glancing at my watch. I deliberately didn’t want to do that, because I just wanted to make the distance without feeling tempted to push myself or worry about speed, pace or style …
There would have been a couple a nice shots. One of at least a dozen seagulls sitting in line on a fence and a cluster of flowering snowdrops … but my little running camera wouldn’t have done them any justice anyway.
I managed the 6 miles in 1:01:16.
It occurs to me that I must be one of the least trendy runners around. My running bottoms are still the ones I bought when I started running 12 years ago or so. They are at least one size too big, baggy round the bottom and only hold up with the drawstring. The fabric is thin and shiny with wear.
I have a couple of fairly good running tops, but when I rains I resort to wearing hubby’s yellow cycling jacket. Again, it’s way too big for me and not breathable either.
My shoes are pretty good Nike runners, but they are pretty old too. In fact, I bought a new pair a year ago or so, but learned very quickly that it is much easier to keep one pair of running shoes for outdoors and one for the gym. So I kept my new pair for the gym and resurrected the old pair for outdoor running.
I guess if I keep it up after Janathon I could really invest in a new pair of outdoor running shoes.
I also tried the Runner’s World essential Yoga session for Runners.
I quite enjoyed it, but I think I prefer the Ekhart Yoga session. The Runner’s World seemed quite fast and assumed a certain amount of Yoga knowledge and experience.
Total running: 40.1 miles
Total walking: 28 miles
Total cycling: 21 miles
Total Yoga: 1 hr 25 minutes