So on Thursday something happened. Something that I didn’t think would happen. But before I divulge any further let me tell you about my day.
I’d been to work and come home ready to run. My neighbour got held up at work so I decided to go on my own.
Off I went with my couch to 5k app, my MapMyRun app and Spotify.
As I was doing my warm up walk I was thinking about my friends who do proper running. The ones who share their Run stats and their average time is 4 minutes per km. I don’t think I’ll ever get as fast as they are, but that’s ok. I’m still not built for running and never will be but at least I’m doing more than I was when I was just sitting on the couch eating chocolate.
Anyway, the app says run, so I do. It hurts my shins but I don’t give up. I’m running along the main road and people are driving past me but I don’t care. I actually don’t care. I might look a complete wally but I’m out there and I’m exercising and raising my heart rate and I’m actually doing something that (unless I actually die from running which is highly possible) is good for me.
I enter the field. The track goes around the perimeter of this field and then you can go off to another village if you wish or continue around the field. Usually I go halfway (time wise, not distance) and then turn around and head home. This time I turned right instead of heading straight on and decided I would do the entire perimeter of the field.
What on earth was I thinking?
Actually I had some very random thoughts pop into my head whilst I was walking/running.
Here are some of them:
1) Why do my shins hurt so much? Maybe it is my shoes…
2) What should running shoes look like?
3) How the on earth do people do this?
4) How big is this sodding field?
5) Does running make you poo more?
6) What happens when you need a poo half way round?
7) Is it acceptable to do a poo in the bushes?
8) Why does someone walking a dog always speak to you when you are exhausted and incapable of speaking?
9) How do you get your MapMyRun to say average 4 minutes when mine says 10minutes?
11) If I fall asleep under a bush (a different one to the one I proposed pooing under) would anyone find me?
12) how did it get dark so quickly?
13) Why does the chip shop smell so delicious?
So it’s getting dark and the lights of the village are moving further away from me. I can see the lights of the football field my children are playing on and for a split second wonder if I should just burst through the hedges, collapse on the pitch and demand that someone drives me home. Then I realise that I’m not actually that dramatic and continue on my way.
The problem is, it’s getting dark very quickly. I’m beginning to think there’s an equinox. I’m also on the wrong side of the flipping field.
My app has told me to do my cool down walk – at the risk of being dramatic, I don’t have time to walk so I run again. I do 4 more minutes of running. Then I look at how far I have travelled. It’s almost 4km. How did that happen? I finally emerge from the field and start to walk home.
Now this may sound really silly but I looked at my MapMyRun app and it had a nice loop on the map section. If I walk the same way home, it will just become a line so I weave off between bungalows and houses and little alleyways. Now my map looks like a proper runners map. As I approach home my app says I have reached 4.6km. I’m so close to covering 5km that I walk past my house and go off around the block. I arrive back at my house with 0.10km to go. So I continue last again, have a quick walk to the end of the road and boom! I’ve done it! I have actually covered 5k. Ok so I didn’t run the entire distance but a few weeks ago I never even thought I could do it. Now I just have to increase my running time and I may just about be able to complete the mud run my children want to do in April.