I'm beginning to think there's something in the podcasts that infects your brain with a running virus. Or something. Because if you'd told me, this time last year, that I would be four stone lighter, a member of a gym, AND taking up running, AND enjoying it, I'd probably have laughed at you.
I was going to have my run yesterday afternoon, but I'm a registered bat carer for the Bat Conservation Trust, and I got my first call out of the year just after lunch, so didn't make it (it was a little female pipistrelle found in somebody's bathroom - she's doing well, eating and drinking, but she's got a couple of holes in her wing membrane which need to heal before I can release her). Then I was going to run in the evening instead, but we had such torrential rain and hail I didn't think I'd get more than a few yards before I got battered flat onto the pavement! But the thing was, I was absolutely champing at the bit to get going - I was dying to get out for my run!
I actually did it this morning, and it was lovely. I had the rec to myself, it was cool, damp and a little bit misty, and while to say I was sailing along is a bit of an exaggeration, I did enjoy it. I'm actually looking forward to W3R!!
And I went to the gym later on for an eight weekly review. The girl who was doing it hadn't seen me for weeks, and as I was following her to the office she kept turning round and saying, "Oh my god, I can't believe how tiny you are!" Tiny is a bit of an exaggeration, but it did make me feel good!
I know there will be runs that aren't so good, and days when I struggle. And I really admire, and am inspired by, all the posts I read on here from people who've had a really tough time but are carrying on regardless. But at the moment I feel fantastic!!