Yesterday I had the best run. It wasn’t fast, I wasn’t going to be breaking any records, but it was FUN! I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun.
I ventured out of my house with no clear idea of where I was going, no pressure to do a certain time or distance, but just to enjoy being out and soak up the sun shining down on me and come back when I had had enough.
I started a light jog heading across the fields, into the local woods, hopping over low branches, and feeling the crack of twigs underneath my feet. Ahead a deer crossed my path, bounding gracefully between the trees. I was a little jealous of its effortless strides! I continued following the tracks through the woods and along the river bank, taking new paths as I fancied it, with no inclination to check which way I was going, but to just to enjoy the moment, occasionally stopping to take in the beauty of nature and to take pictures.
I then became quite engrossed rocking out to my favourite running playlist (which I once blogged about being too fast, but now is just perfect, a great sign of progress!). I was jumping around, running, singing and doing air guitar as I went through the woods! The moment felt so liberating and child-like, such fun! Luckily, I had the area to myself or someone may have had me carted off!
Then I turned and came across the path you can see in the photo. It was calling out to me, with its beauty, its straightness, its wide smooth clear path, and soft bouncy track. I just HAD to sprint full pelt down it, so I did, with a massive grin on my face the whole way!
All in all I was out for 1 ½ hours and covered just under 12km. I jogged, had short walking breaks and some fast sprints, I just did what I felt like and I had fun! I thought of a recent question posted on here, asking whether people actually enjoyed running and it reminded me that it should be fun. We are not doing this for punishment, but for pleasure. It takes a run like this to make me remember that running is about letting off steam and enjoying yourself. I think you can get as much pleasure (if not more) from just letting go and mucking around as achieving a PB any day!
Happy bank holiday everyone!