I blogged last week on my forthcoming run for Cancer Research on 9th October at Hatfield House. Time for an update.
My training regime hasn’t been as dedicated as perhaps it should. I haven’t got a sports watch so I’m not timing myself: at the moment my main concern is to be able to keep running without stopping over a reasonable distance. Last night I went out after The Archers finished and got back around 7.45 p.m, so roughly half an hour’s running. More encouragingly I felt quite good doing it – normal breathing, no walking and I didn’t end up on all fours at the end. Progress! I felt energised and could have gone for longer. Possibly it was the fairy cake that my daughter had made that I ate about 5.45 that gave me the boost. No sports drinks here on this training plan: this isn’t so much the George Best or Hurricane Higgins hard living approach to sport, more the Delia Smith diet. It comes without a hangover afterwards and it might just work. Whether I will shift the spare tyre on this plan remains doubtful and I refuse to get on the scales.
I have also found two other benefits to running. First, I bought myself an iPod shuffle but because of my failure to read the instructions or to comprehend the fiddly little control near the earphone, I am left with listening to much of the music I normally don’t select when I am in control. Last night’s runI was inspired by Handel’s Messiah – perhaps not the obvious choice for running music. It will also be a chance to listen to the podcasts I’ve got queued up but never quite get round to.
The second benefit is that it gives me time to think about blogging. I “wrote” this piece whilst running around. Thinking about what to write is often the hardest part of blogging but running seems a great way of clearing the head. Expect more training updates!
So running, gets you fit, reacquaints you with music you purchased ages ago and helps you write. Marvellous and unbelievably, I am multi-tasking. Girls are you impressed?
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