There’s been a distinct lack of sunshine in North Norfolk in the last week but the good news is that despite lots of fog and overnight rain all the tracks are finally drying out so I should have a few more options for my latest re-start....which was this morning.
Despite the drizzle and mist my energy and motivation turned up early and off we went, starting at the beginning, Week 1 Run 1 of my HM plan, again 🙄
As I trundled along at probably my slowest pace ever, enjoying my slow run time playlist, (Who knows where the time goes Nancy Griffiths, Trouble in the Fields Maura O’Connell & Landslide Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham) I decided that running was just like a game of Snakes and Ladders, so should be fun right? 😆
I reflected on how before Christmas I’d made my way up to the top half of the board and had my sights on the finish line, the dice was rolling well, I was going to win, yay 😀 .
Do you remember those inner groans when you landed on that long slippery snake? Just when you thought you’d win! First it was knees, then the sick bed, followed by a week of snow and ice. Last week I landed on a small ladder but it only took me up 2 rungs before, you guessed it, another horrid snake ( in the guise of a painful hip) reared it’s ugly head, out of nowhere! My board is full of snakes, who stole all the ladders?
After another week on the IC my hip improved and so here I am back at the beginning, Run 1 complete, in Siberia of all places, who would have thought 😃 At the same time I’ve clocked up more than 500 miles on my way to John O’ Groats but its in my real world, playing snakes and ladders, where all the fun is at!
It was my first run down to the sea in ages, deserted on account of the murk, high tide was slapping the promenade and trying to throw cold water on me. No chance. Despite the huge clumps of Clay and Flint flung in my path by the eroding cliffs and killer hill up ahead I had landed on a ladder and was climbing again and it was pure delight, thrilling. Would someone bottle that moment.
So, whether you’re on a ladder or sliding down a slippery snake, keep smiling, it’s all just a game.