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First run of the year

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I've really struggled with getting back into running after having a couple of months off with an injury. I work full time and it's always so dark and cold when I get home from work and as I'm out of my running routine it's always so easy to find a reason not to run. I've tried going to the gym straight from work to run on the treadmill, but I find it so very tedious! So my running has dwindled to a couple of times a month.

Today I took a days leave and took advantage of the daylight to go out for a nice 5k run. It was cold, -1c infact, but I didn't stay cold for long. 2k in and I was gently glowing, by 4k I had a full on sweat!

It was lovely to run where I wanted to run, a nice track along the river that is not possible to run on in the dark. When I have managed to get out on winter evening's, it's along busy streetlit roads through housing estates, not the most inspiring scenery.

I really enjoyed today, It was just what I needed to make me realise how much I do enjoy running. All I can say is roll on the spring and lighter evening's I've got a 500k in one year target to meet!

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antonioa profile image

That's brilliant. You just need to take that first step and then you realise you've still got it in you. Get out there and smash that 500k :)

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SANDI_runsGraduate10 in reply to antonioa

It's been months since I've run and really enjoyed it. I always feel great afterwards, but to love being on a run again was fab. My mojo is coming back 😊

owmeknees profile image

Sounds like a lovely run, good for you Sand in preserving and getting back out there after your injury. Good luck meeting that target this year! 😊

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SANDI_runsGraduate10 in reply to owmeknees

Thanks owmeknees. I've never wanted to give up running, just finding the dark cold nights hard to keep motivated. Am hoping a good run today will get me back at it!

cheekychipmunks profile image

Sounds like a fabulous run Sandi, and how nice to have some time to yourself when you could enjoy it properly. It certainly was nippy today though!

I bet you’re pleased as anything to be back running after your layoff. Here’s to a happy and injury free 2019! 🏃‍♀️👍🤞😀

SANDI_runs profile image

Thanks cheeky, it's good to be back. 😀🏃‍♀️😀🏃‍♀️😀

SaskAlliecat profile image

Wintertime darkness and cold temps followed by a stint on the IC; I can understand your struggle, but good on you for taking a day for you and getting out for a run. Don't be too hard on yourself, run when you can, where you can and before we know it the days will be getting longer and we'll be complaining about the heat (ok maybe not, but we can dream right 😉?). I'm glad you got out for your run today though. It's been over a week since I've run but am hoping/planning on getting out there tomorrow after a weeklong holiday of skiing, snowmobiling and eating way too much!

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SANDI_runsGraduate10 in reply to SaskAlliecat

Thanks Sask. I am still doing classes at the gym, but don't get the same feel good buzz after them as I get from a run. I'm just not a winter person, so am really looking forward to the lighter evening's.

Good luck with your run today. Mind you it sounds like you've been pretty active on your holiday. ⛷⛷⛷

DebJogsOn profile image

Sounds like a great run. Like you say roll on the lighter evenings. For me running in the dark really limits my route options.

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SANDI_runsGraduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

Thanks Deb, we can count down the weeks together!!

GoGo_JoJo profile image

It's very tough when the "routine" runs lose their appeal. You need the joyful runs to keep the momentum up.

Well done on finding your fun again. I hope it takes you far 👍😁

SANDI_runs profile image

Thanks Jojo, so do I 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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