Whether it’s because you are self-isolating or, like me, sitting restlessly on the injury couch, not running can begin to get you down. It does give you that headspace, which I have missed. Luckily I have still been able to get out for a walk or cycle but It must be so hard for those I know who are house bound with vulnerable partners.
I was definitely feeling out of sorts on Monday, having listened to the news of easing the lock down. Concerned about all the people who would be heading for the coast or other beauty spots, and frustrated that I could still not meet up with friends or family even though I could ask a cleaner to come into my home. I was feeling at my lowest of the last 3 months.
But on Tuesday we drove to my beloved Hayling Island Billy trail, where I did much of my magic plan running to 10k, and it was like someone had put a comforting blanket around me. UpTheStanley went for a run while I walked in the sunshine, taking in all the wild flowers, the little egret and shelduck and the many black headed gulls who breed in this area. There were dog walkers, cyclists, family groups and runners but so much quieter than Southsea seafront. I thought of my virtual non-runners along this journey, so this photo is for you, the view looking towards Portsmouth from the trail. If you zoom in you can see the spinnaker tower on the horizon. The walk was cathartic, as was the email from my virtual physio, agreeing that It was time to start my running again. He had probably felt the pleading in my email to him.
So this morning, I excitedly got dressed into running gear, took a warm up walk to the seafront road which has been closed to traffic and restarted running for the first time since 22 February. Whoop whoop. Okay, so it was only 5 sets of run 1 min walk 1 min (as instructed) but that felt so good. I’ve got to leave at least 2 days before the next run and continue do my exercises on rest days - I do like to have a plan. It was just like couch to 5k with UTS running alongside me, but so much easier (for both of us).
Dexy5 is back on the road again.