Today was a running day thank goodness, yesterday with the absence of running, I was to say the least a tad fidgety 🙄, and when I saw other runners out there it's like a stake through my heart 😱. That said, I do like seeing people out there running, I'm always wondering how far they've been or how far they're going. And it doesn't stop there I'm noticing what kit they're using trainers etc. Currently given the time of year, running lights the assortment on display, I'm seeing plenty of the chest lights with a rear light attachment definitely quite clever devices. I'm a head torch user, with separate magnetic red light, but it's good to see other options available 👍. I'm starting to think I could be addicted to this running thing, or perhaps on the cusp of becoming a full blown addict....... Oh well what will be will be 👀..
So endeth the waffle, back to today. Today I embraced without shame, becoming the MAMIL. Now all you chaps who are currently thinking, tights +me+running = not happening 🧐 don't be so hasty, yes I won't lie it's a clingy sensation and chaps, word of advice is shorts definitely get those shorts over the top..... Modesty explanation not needed I think. So before you deny yourself this running experience and a huge bonus in the winter months, try it at least once.
I'd actually unlike me laid out today's clothes last night after work, the Brooks ghosts13 the toe socks, calf compression sleeves and my ronhill two in one tights and shorts combo👍. Oh and a brilliant aldi ski base layer top with tee-shirt over the top, and my lightweight buff hat😊, for the first time this year I chose to use gloves as lately the hands have been getting achey cold. Getting dressed is like a workout in itself, definitely involving dynamic stretches at times.
So after the standard Ian faffing I've become used to, I nearly cried off as I'd slept in a little longer than ideal 🙄 but thankfully the mini home schooling teen nudged me out to run PHEWEEEE.
Let's go running........ Its a lovely run weather day, perfectly still, chilly not frosty and because I've started to notice I'm looking at Mr Garmon too often, once I started it, I switched the screen to the clock and simply ran!
The towpath is isolated and even better a clear run across the aqueduct, always a bonus, I left the house not knowing a route, or even a distance. Perhaps a 5 or 10k no need for a drink and definitely not a gel run. The running seemed early on effortless today. Breathing easy and running at what I felt was a comfy pace. I headed out towards Llangollen, I've not ran this way recently, I shoul revisit these towpaths more frequently it's a wonderful running route. The towpath is pleasantly soft underfoot, perhaps even quishy-muddy in parts providing a satisfying noise of running footfall. Just one of those treats that probably only a runner appreciates. The canal is mirror still and the reflections of the wintery blue sky and bare branches is beyond picturesque, the downside if its a downside is that running with such absorbing scenery one could lose track of distance etc..... Yikes no gels definitely no drink 🤪 and yes without monies as well..... Now ask anyone in my house emptying pockets before washing clothes not my best forte 🤫 ahhhhhhhh pocket check, yep fresh from the washing machine (haribo are waterproof 😂) so when you find yourself 10k from home I guess the best way home is to dig down deep and run, good idea.......... No great idea! OK the footpath it's definitely not as appealing as the run out, but with the traffic being light it's bearable, the pace still weirdly felt OK in fact more than OK so all good, I'm definitely glad of the extra lycra today as it's getting towards 4pm and that temperature is dropping, the gloves only came of to open the haribo packets. And after a quick distance check, I found my self just arriving in the village as the eldest got off the school bus 👍👍. HM number 5 done and only 66 seconds off that elusive 2hour mark 🙄..
For an unplanned LR I loved that run it just clicked even without the gels grrrr so all I'd say is get yourselves out there, enjoy it, go where your legs want to go and that's about it😊.
These are tough times for many reasons and it's not getting any easier with that Xmas thing approaching, so that run I did today its for you lot out there, for whom whatever the reason life is being tricky, or hard or you just need a virtual nudge of encouragement, it's for you all.