I was determined to get out there again today, and I did. However, it takes me almost as long to get ready as it does to do the run. As I was plodding along I was pondering on all the things I 'have' to do before I can get out of the door. Here is my 14-step process for your edification and delight.
1. Get out of bed, have two cups of industrial-strength coffee and a slice of Leerdammer cheese
2.Take anti-histamine to combat pollen and pollution
3.Wait for – ahem – “regular daily health”, as my old Biology teacher put it
4.Struggle, wriggle, contort, swear, turn and twist into the ForthBridgeBra
5.Put rest of kit on whilst panting for breath
6.Clean teeth (in case I need to be resuscitated)
7.Insert contact lens
8.Take 4 squirts of puffer
10.Find armband for phone
11.Find tubigrip to go under armband to stop armband rubbing blisters in my arm
12.Find watch and wristband, and put trainers on
13.Write note saying where I’m going and what time I expect to be back so that my daughters know where to look for the body
14.Finally! Set Mr. Endomondo going and set off out of the door.
And none of that covers the decision-making about where to run and what to listen to
So - do you do anything similar? Are there things you absolutely must do before setting off, or can you just pull your running kit on and set off out of the door? Am I (go on, you can tell me) completely nuts?
Oh, and by the way, I managed 5k in 42 minutes. Very slow, but I'm pleased to be back up to 5k again. Result!