I have known for a long time now that this is not my favourite time of the year. I wake up in the dark. And the days draw in before the afternoon is over. Sometimes this is irritating – at best – and makes life hard work. On mornings like this morning I feel like all the light has been sucked out of the world. Last night I made a promise to myself – “tomorrow I will run” – it helps to make that promise – because when tomorrow comes there is nothing I feel less like doing.
And it was on that run that I decided to start this blog. I know running makes me feel better. EVERYONE knows running makes them feel better – so why tell people? Well I need reminding so maybe other people do too! So I set out on one of my favourite runs – starting with a long (2 mile) downhill into Horam. I can’t lie – the first mile is horrible – my right knee is niggling – and every step feels slow and heavy. By mile two I’m beginning to find a comfortable pace – the aches and pains have faded somewhat and its refreshingly cold – I start to feel better! Mile three – a couple of sharp up-hills – warmed up now and I begin to notice people around me – cheerful and off to pick up the Sunday paper or maybe a visit to church. It is good to pass by these people and exchange a greeting or a smile. Some people smile first and are obviously happy and enjoying the day. Others look like they are in their own world – thinking – what? Happy thoughts? Sad thoughts? But almost everyone responds to a smile and a greeting.
Through Horam and onto the Cuckoo Trail – I feel lucky to live near here and to be able to run off the road – other runners – dog walkers – cyclists and horse riders – all out this early on a Sunday morning………………..
And that’s when I started to think – I need to share some of this. I am no longer dragging myself along. I am no longer counting the miles. I am running. Thinking. Listening to music (I usually do when I run on my own) and I feel just fine! And that’s the simple point of this blog (I have lots to say) but the most simple message is – that being outside in the daylight – and moving your body just makes you feel better.
And so I am set up for the day – refreshed from the cold – but feeling hot. Hungry and thirsty. Ready for a shower and a cup of tea. And back in touch with how lucky I am to live in this part of the world (despite the short days). Who cannot feel good ……………………. And thanks to David – out walking and taking photos of this lovely place in East Sussex.
8 Miles done (more of my targets for 2017 next time).
And as an afterthought – I think I will share my running track of the day – it’s got to be “The Only Way is Up” – but you can take you pick as to which version you prefer – upbeat with Yazz or acoustic with the awesome Stornaway (matched my mood today!)