Friday 30 November 2012

Running = happy

Hurdling Sri Lankan style

I've been rather busy over the last few months GETTING MARRIED (yey me).

But I'm ashamed to say that after storming through Ealing's cracking half marathon in September I had not run once since as I sidelined it in favour of the small matter of organising and attending my own wedding. Tsk.

That's two months of no running.

Admittedly we did go for a sort-of run on a Sri Lankan beach and had a chat with a Sri Lankan hurdler (as you do on honeymoon) but otherwise nothing.

Yesterday I began again. I huffed and puffed my way to work - 4.5 miles. Usually I get #rangry (my twitter hashtag for runner's road rage*) when I get stuck at a crossing or behind some slow moving pedestrians but yesterday I was secretly relieved I could stop.

I got overtaken as well. Bah.

Anyway, sod the plod. I loved it. Running is excellent fun. Perhaps taking a short break from running is a good thing for your mental state, as it revitalises the desire in you to run.

I've now just signed up for the Serpentine 10km on New Year's Day. I'm not going for a pb, I'm going for enjoyment.

I'm also going to sign up for a few trail runs over the winter to keep up the enjoyment aspect. Again I'm not in it to win it, I'm in it to get muddy, burn some calories, and have a nice cuppa tea and some banter at the end with fellow offroadsters.

*see also #rungry - the ravanous hunger you get at some point post long run
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