Yes.. Week 7 Run 1 and a very damp morning...
It had just started to rain lightly as I set out from home, But I decided to be plucky and venture forth anyway.
On Laura's suggestion, I changed my route slightly, running up a different lane.
Quite grey and misty, and no one about; as I passed the little wood where all the rooks nest, at the bottom of the lane, I was transported right back to my youth and A levels!
Wordsworth, The Prelude... and a quote that like so many, has stayed in my mind for a lot of years; when I sat my A levels, you could not take a text in.. you had to learn all your quotations by heart, ( yes, I am that old)!
" The earth was comfortless and touched by faint
Internal breezes from the roofless walls
The shuddering ivy dripped large drops...
Looking at the little wood and the ivy clad trunks as I jogged past, the words seemed just perfect, for the location and the weather.
I was so busy trying to remember the full quotation and others from the poem, that Laura suddenly saying I had been running for twelve and a half minutes and was halfway, almost scared me to death.
Spent the rest of the run going over words in my head, watching the grey sky lighten slowly, ahead of me as I turned homewards.
I even managed to up my pace as I went... and again, as Wordsworth would have said," ...I wheeled about
Proud and exulting like an untired horse..."
Well, maybe not quite that impressive... but I did increase my speed.
Really enjoyed my run; maybe the trick is to recite poetry as I go
(Currently trying to find my copy of The Prelude, which is hidden in a box somewhere! I could be some little time,)
Can hardly wait until my next run. Will try not to ramble on too much in my next post!