Joy of joys, I'm running again!!

With a weeks enforced rest after overdoing it at parkrun last Saturday, I have just completed my most enjoyable run, since W9R2. From the first step I started smiling as all the niggles seemed to have settled down. I found a pace well below my average pace so as not to exacerbate the recovering injuries and decided to do a couple of 1.5k loops around the top of the hill near home, to check that all was well, before heading out on the rest of my course. I was a bit later starting today and so there were a lot more dog walkers around, which was great.

My leisurely pace meant that I could exchange a few words with all of them, especially when they saw me on my second lap. One woman, who I vaguely know, said,"You must be mad." to which I replied " I've never felt better in my life" and she said "Well done. Good for you". A seed planted,perhaps? I got smiles from all of them, even Mr Grumpy.

Runkeeper is not living up to its name. I start the workout at the end of warmup, but when it came up with my first 10 minute notification, I discovered that I had not run any distance at all but with the bonus of returning a 1k PB of 00.00, which will take some beating.

I enjoyed my music today. Funky, jazzy Afro grooves from Fela Kuti and Rikki Ililonga, matched my mood and I burst into a huge grin when Jack White let rip in Seventh Son. I think I tuned out most of the music during C25k, except Julie, of course.

The sun shone over the mist in the valleys, I said hello to Dartmoor (twice) and all was well with my world. There was no digging deep, no fighting demons, no threatening joints, just easy, gentle running. (Maybe I've found my panther?) With plenty in reserve, I jogged up the hill at the end of my route and could have gone on for ages, I am sure, had I not arrived at my "5 Minutes walk to home" waypoint.

Just before this, the satellites had deigned to acknowledge my presence and so recorded my run as 0.28k in 44.22, which gave me a PW (Personal Worst) average 1k pace of 159 minutes, which I will strive to beat some day. My estimate is that I ran about 7.5k, which is probably my longest run to date, but the important thing was to get running again and enjoy it

Joy of joys, I'm running again!!


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7 Replies

  • Ooohhhhhhh boy what a smashing post Ian, great that you are back out there again, injuries are so very frustrating. Sounds like a smashing place to run with views in all directions of open countryside I guess, just doesn't come better than that young man.

    Now if I may make a suggestion as to your speed and time, 'take the ball and chains off your ankles the next time you go out, and no stopping every 4 strides for 40 wink catnaps' :) Lovely post, really enjoyed reading this today, brightened up what looks to be our first wet day of autumn up here.

  • I haven't stopped smilling, OG, and I was only doing an ordinary run, no real PBs . Isn't it great?

  • Brilliant news! And hilarious as I've had a similar experience this morning!!! Glad you're back out there Truffe.

  • how fantastic..and it sounds like you've found your inner panther too...Sounds like a beautiful run as well, I'm really glad you are recovered from your injuries...Have a great weekend!!

  • Loved your post and very jealous of wonderful views. It must be a good morning for running as I had a great run today.

  • Brap! Brap! Kaboooom!!! Great post I.T. You're run sounds EXACTLY like mine this morning - slow and steady and smily! Glad those niggles have settled down. I am impressed with your PW of 1K in 2 hours and 39 minutes. That's almost running backwards in time! Don't you love it when technology makes a fool of itself? The main thing is - you went out, you ran, you came back. Sorted!

    Fare thee well for future PW's!!

  • You've given me the motivation to get out of the door again today to try and conquer W7. Mind over matter I think for me. Congratulations on your fab run, it sounds like relaxing and going a little bit slower is the key to enjoyment!

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