My posts on here have got fewer and far between but I'm still going. Still reading the occasional post when I have time and would still like to say to all you newbies out there... keep running, keep smiling, you never know where this running journey will take you.
I'm in the last throes of my HM training now with just over a week to go and a lovely 8 mile run today.
I don't know if it was just having salad for tea last night combined with no breakfast this morning but I struggled to find the energy for this run today. Lots of walking breaks, especially on the hilly sections so was very pleased with the overall pace in the end. And the reason I had no breakfast was because when I pulled back the curtains it looked like it was going to be a most glorious sunrise so I got myself sorted and straight out the door without even thinking about it. And I wasn't disappointed.
I opened the door to a cacophany of birdsong. As I headed out the mountains were behind me and the white frosted fields stretched out on either side. As I turned into the lanes the glimmer of icy puddles stretched out ahead of me and the mountains came into view. There were some dark clouds overhead but a gap between them and the white topped mountains allowed the sun to play with a range of colours from pink to gold rimming the clouds and spreading across the whole of the sky. The white on the mountain tops stood out in stark comparison against this backdrop and made me catch my breath in awe. Set against this background having to take walking breaks as my energy levels dropped seemed less of a disappointment. My legs didn't hurt, my heart and lungs felt fine. I just didn't have that oomph required for carrying on up the hills today. So much for a tempo run eh! Even as the sky lightened and the clouds turned from dark to lighter grey the sky was still tinged with pink and gold and in the distance rain falling from the clouds took on the same pink/gold hue. As the sun peeked over the mountains the trees were lit with a beautiful glow that lit up their trunks and bare limbs with a beautiful golden green light that is so hard to describe.
Then, as I turned to face the road home, I had to scrunch up my eyes against the glare of the sun and the glare off the road. Unable to see approaching cars very well at this point I took the safer option of walking on the verge when I heard anything coming.
Home and very hungry! Totally demolished some scambled egg on toast and then had to raid the fridge for a yoghurt. So glad I caught the splendour of this morning's sunrise as today has turned into yet another dull, grey day.