No, I don't mean running. (Nor do I mean not running) (Nor the weather!)
I'm currently not running due to an injury, and due to the hard frost last week I didn't dare go out on my bike, so have been limited to short walks. But today the sun was shining, it was a positively balmy 1°C and I felt the need to get on my bike for a wee birl about the countryside.
I took a circuitous route to the neighbouring village and while there called in at the gift shop. I ignored the wonderful smells coming from the coffee shop and picked up a couple of stocking fillers. As I was paying for these I got chatting to the shop assistant and she asked if I'd cycled far (I suppose the mud-splattered hi-viz jacket and two buffs was a give-away!). I mentioned how I was resting from running and she asked how far I usually run. Then as I'm leaving she adds as a parting shot: "I didn't know it would be so bad". I didn't know what she meant, so I asked her and she explained "I didn't know my body would become so bad without exercise".
This lady was a bit older than me, and maybe had started to suffer with whatever ailments she has when she was still relatively young, but her comment made me sad for her and others like her. And it made me realise how lucky we runners are. We DO know how our bodies need exercise to keep fit and healthy and we are able to do something about it before we suffer from various health conditions that prevent, or discourage, us from doing so.
Thinking about such matters on the cycle home gave me an wee extra push to help me get back up the hill to home.
The above photo is from today's cycle. It was lovely sunshine when I left home, but I soon came across the swirling fog. Never mind, I still managed to cycle 25km.