I know the title makes me seem like a twelve year old girl, but it has been ages since I went out for a run… until today.
It certainly wasn’t far and it very certainly wasn’t fast, but it was!
I just did about 25 minutes, which included a walk and a stretch, but at the moment it’s all about re-teaching my body what it feels like to be running. And I was lucky enough to be running in a very beautiful area near my mother-in-law’s house in Germany. It’s a little loop that’s about a mile round and it an area of meadow, just near the river. But at this time of year the council flood it and when it freezes it is used to ice skate on. At the moment it’s been too warm, but it is probably about -2 today, so you can just see the water starting to freeze. Lovely.
As for the run, well it was more like a stroll or an amble, but I enjoyed it. One of my biggest problems is thinking that I can run, then setting of and doing a 10km run after months of nothing. I usually get to the furthest point of the run, pull a muscle and then have to hobble all the way home. And of course, give up running for just as long as it takes me to forget this mistake and therefore repeat it.
Well, it’s going to be different this time. I’m going to take my time, ease my body in gently, retrain my muscles in how to carry this lumbering fool around… then go for it and tweak a hamstring! My plan is to do a gentle 20-30 minute run every day for the next week or so and then slowly start to build up from there. I’ll let you know how I get on.