Miraculous moments

Thanks to a combination of a very actively nocturnal cat and some determined mosquitos, I'm fairly permanently sleep-deprived at the moment. And living on a boat in the south of Spain, it's much too hot to run during the day, so we head out in the morning before sunrise to take advantage of the coolest part of the day.

Starting a run when already tired, though, is hard work! It was W7R1, and my legs already felt like they'd been running ten minutes when I started. I was very much flagging by the halfway point, but determination kept me running until suddenly, about three minutes before the end, I felt better. Much better, and I was able to pick up the pace again - from about 5 miles an hour to 6, according to my tracker. When Laura told me to try and run faster for the last minute, I grumbled at her that I already was, and I ended my run feeling pretty good!

Is this normal? Or, arguably more importantly, does it only come at the point of exhaustion?

7 Replies

  • I can't answer your question (I expect someone will) but can I come and live with you? Also - good on you for keeping going...

  • Hahaha it's funny how often people say that. And I should warn you, the mosquitos really are enormous.

  • As I was writing I thought I probably wasn't the first envious / thinks their hysterical person to respond!! Mosquito's hate my husband so probably not do-able, it does sound idyllic tho.

  • You might have been the first to be tempted by the prospect of being woken all night by a cat and biting insects! Most of the time it's definitely idyllic, but August isn't the best month overall.

  • I've already got the cat and it wasn't exactly the mosquito's either! Mainly Spain. I suspect living on a boat is more romantic in my imagination!

  • Swimming in a deserted anchorage at sunset, followed by a glass of wine - definitely romantic. Trying to fix a blockage in the on board toilet and having it practically explode at you - less romantic.

    Swings and roundabouts!

  • There are some lovely moments (which unfortunately don't come every run) when everything clicks into place. On longer runs it can become a feeling of being able to run for ever - which obviously never actually happens, but I think technically it's known as being "in the zone" :)

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