Over on couchto5k Oldfloss wrote a beautiful post about her early morning run. I took up the challenge to go for a late afternoon run and write up a post, so here goes.
Just recently I picked up an old poetry book that someone left out on their garden wall and found this wonderful poem: A Charm by Rudyard Kipling poetryloverspage.com/poets/...
It's a bit old fashioned and soppy, but I think it says much of why I love to run outside, seeing the flowers and trees, the birds and rabbits even! "It shall ease thy mortal strife..."
I went out at 5 this afternoon, a very different time of day for me - the park was full of children on their bikes and scooters, families enjoying the sunshine. The canal side was busy with cyclists, boaters and dog walkers. The slightly dubious and smelly canal sparkled anyway and the ducks and swans swam around at a Sunday afternoon sort of pace.
So - instead of a little 6-8k run, I ended up carrying on and doing 15k! Before I went out I was feeling tired - but when I came back I felt amazing! Restored. Energised.
"These shall cleanse and purify Webbed and inward-turning eye"
So thank you @oldfloss for the little kick I needed.
(For some reason the photos have come out hazy...)