I’ve always loved running, but last summer and autumn I had to ease off a bit while I got over the injury that forced me to pull out of the Cheltenham half marathon.
From running four miles, four times a week, I was only running Parkrun and one other three mile run a week. When I wasn’t running, I walked a quick lap of the block instead to keep myself at least a bit fit.
And I started to enjoy walking round the block. I could chat to people on social media or I could read blogs. Walking was less time-consuming than running. When I got back home, I didn’t have to get changed or do stretches, I could just get on with my day. I started to look forward to my walks.
As my leg improved, I planned what days I would run. I would do Monday and Thursday. But then something would come up – some urgent work, a child off sick, a doctor’s appointment, an electrician coming round… There was always something coming up. So I wouldn’t run Thursday. I would attempt to do Friday instead, but four days would have passed without a run.
And it didn’t seem right. Yes, the walks were relaxing, but they weren’t the same as running. I could read the blogs later – or maybe not read them all. Running was better than walking. When I run, I feel somehow better mentally and physically. A run in the morning sets me up for the day in a way a walk can’t.
I realised that planning what day I was going to run didn’t work. Because maybe nothing would crop up on Tuesday or Wednesday, so it seemed silly to plan to run on those day.
Just before Christmas I changed my policy. I would run when I could. So if I could run on Monday, I would. If I could also run on Tuesday, I would. Because who knew if something was going to crop up on Wednesday or Thursday? Far better to get two runs under my belt than wait for a day or two and end up not running at all that week.
The only ‘rule’ now is that I won’t run four consecutive days. Generally I won’t three consecutive days, but I might do. There are no rules other than to run and enjoy it.
I’m averaging a run every other day and the world seems like a better place. I’m so glad to have got my running mojo back.