For the 7th month in a row I have managed to run at least 100k a month. When I first achieved these dizzy heights in December 2016 I was exhausted afterwards and couldn't imagine keeping up that level of running regularly. Since March though I've averaged at least 25k a week, and learnt that being on holiday or business trips does not mean I can't run. As the runs get longer the mileage goes up and I am feeling fitter and healthier. Of course, now I've written this I will get a cold as a punishment for being so smug.
And running is forming my body. I have a few niggles, but in general my knees feel better than before I ran, my feet seem to have lost any hard skin they had and despite the pounding they get they are remarkably blister-free, and I am maintaining my weight without too much effort. I have tightened my belt another notch, despite no change in weight. Friends I haven't seen for a while exclaimed how much weight I've lost - although I haven't since last I saw them!
I have discovered a love for running in new places. I pore over maps looking for routes around the hotels I stay in on business trips. In 10 days I'm in Düsseldorf - I've never run there before (I already have a plan and am very excited about it), and I am prepared to get up at ludicrous times to squeeze a run in. This year has seen me run in Portugal, Austria and Italy. And Germany, of course. I have had the pleasure of running in Berlin, Leipzig and Cologne - every single one of those tourist runs was fantastic in it's own way. In November I am spending time with friends and family in York, Manchester and Scotland - and I am looking forward to....... you've guessed it ... running.
So, if you've just graduated and are wondering what to do next, just keep running regularly, the rewards are enormous. They sneak up on you and you suddenly realize something has changed - for the better.
Happy running to you all!