Hello Fellow runners...
Here I am, cuddled in the December Corner... the fire is warm and the winter sun is doing its very best to creep up into the grey clouds above it.
Gosh , it has been quiet on here, over the Christmas days. I am hoping that it has been because so many of you have been able to have a restful, relaxing time with family, friends or even alone, just doing the things that make you happy over Winterval. I do know though, that many of you have been working and that many are back at work now too.
One or two folk made Graduation before Christmas and even on Christmas Day, very well done to them... and the first few Newbies are showing their running shoes here already!
Well, as you know, the early Christmas gift of Covid put paid to my running, but.. two negative tests, one on Christmas Day, have been very welcome. I know it will be a while before I get out for a run again, but I have plans for some walking when I get the chance. I shall be using some of the excellent ideas which CBDB has been putting together on Active10 and the Strength and Flex Forum too. If you haven't visited those sites yet, please do. There is so much there to support all of us, whether we are able to run, or not.
I have been reading one or two posts, here and there, but I cannot remember a Christmas period as quiet as this year! If you did get out, for a walk or a run, maybe grab a cushion and share
Anyway... It would not be Catch Up Corner at this time without an Oldfloss rambling rhyme... I woke up in the night and the poem , The Night Before Christmas was in my head! Yes I know... loopy!
So, with HUGE apologies to Clement Clarke Moore... Here goes!
'Twas the days after Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The trainers were tucked in a cupboard with care,
In hopes that a runner soon would be there;
The leggings were folded all snug in the drawer,
The t shirts, the socks and oh, so much more.
The newbies on Couch and the ones with badge won,
Have all been determined to have Christmas fun.
When all of a sudden, there is a feeling about
That makes all the runners just want to get out!
Away to the bathroom, they go like a flash,
Get all the gear on and to warm-up they dash.
The weak, early sunlight that shines through the day
Gives a sparkle to routes that they'll take today.
So out into the daylight the runners they go
Into the sunshine, the rain, wind or snow.
With bob hats and sleek shoes, maybe ear-buds too,
Gifts that were asked for, and bought just for you.
Too much may have been eaten, just one chocolate more?
We know that we'll feel it as we head through the door.
The tummy is turning, as we tighten the laces,
Will we be able to go through our paces?
Steady the breathing, as we start on our way,
Relaxed, slowly warming up, just as they say.
The voice in the earphones, tells us the plan.
Measuring steps and we do what we can.
Over the pavements, the fields or the trail,
A smile on our lips and we know we'll not fail.
A turn-around point and it's time to turn back
Now return homeward as we head down the track.
The end of the session, the finish in sight
Hearts full and minds eased and steps, oh so light
We cool-down and stretch, we've completed our run.
And murmur with joy .. “ Now wasn't that fun “ !
Yes... it's bad isn't it? I missed a big chunk out too... but that's artistic licence for you!
Have a lovely last weekend of December, stay warm, stay safe and if you get a moment, pop in and let us know how it is going. If not... I will see you all . January 1st, 2023 !