So there I am, minding my own business at 6.45am, jogging the first lap around the local rec. trying to get my gremlins off my back and ease into my run. Mr and Mrs Spaniels are on the horizon and being a polite kind of person I always say an awkward ‘hello’ to everyone I meet (when I’d rather be as far away as possible). Mr Spaniels said ‘hello’ as he has done the last 4 times previously and he is always in front.
Usually Mrs Spaniels ignores me when I say hello, except today she looked me up and down, rolled her eyes and said ‘oh for God’s sake’ as she barged past. Now, she could have just remembered she’d forgotten to turn the iron off, or maybe her knicker elastic pinged apart just at that moment, or she finally twigged that 42 is the meaning of life, but I think perhaps she might be trying to tell me something….
So I shot off at an overly fast pace for the next 2 laps, which cocked everything up and made me want to go home. But I didn’t. I spent the rest of the time telling myself I hadn’t just spent the last few months getting this far for someone else to make me give up even one run.
I realise I am rather a delicate flower. I guess at 45 that’s not going to change much now. But maybe. Normally something like that would send me running for the hills, but I’ve decided I’m not going to stop. I like the rec, it’s flat, it’s quiet, it’s pollution free and better than being on the streets for now. It's my little haven on from my garden. But they are there everyday and I can’t run any later. I’m not going to avoid them, I just won’t say hello anymore. If I can do that (not avoid them and stand my ground), it will be a major step for me. I realise that some of you will be thinking whaaaaaat? It’s just some random woman. I can understand that too.
What I can’t fathom is what time I would actually have to get up to have an undisturbed run and why can’t people just mind their own business and keep to themselves?!!
P.S. I am a relatively sane person in normal life (I can understand that may be hard to believe), it's just exercise exposure that gets me like this. Probably why I haven't done much until now! Oh well, I am getting there....little by little...