Some people have been asking what else I get up to when not writing, being a Covid Volunteer or doing what I was doing pre-lockdown.
Running. Yes, I got into running a little while back, just before the lockdown actually. Although I did used to go to the gym prior to Covid for, among other things, treadmill work I now spend some of my essential outdoor exercise time running, usually along the river or through the local woods and parkland, or my favourite, the beach.
I don’t find it easy by the way, having a dodgy knee and fatigue levels that could flatten an elephant some days. Hey! Who are you calling an elephant! Mind you, elephants can really move when they break into a run. Running really helps with my moods, I love that exhilaration I get from it, the skin hot, the quickening pulse, blood pumping, the sweat, the best thing ever, except maybe for one other thing, and I’m sure we all know what that is; need I say more! Just make sure you have a decent pair of running shoes, for running that is, not for you know what, for that shoes are not an issue, in fact neither are many or even any clothes.
I also don’t find it easy because I’m no athlete and it can be all too easy to give up and walk the rest of the way. What I try to do is not set myself too big a goal. Depending on how I’m feeling on the day, a half a mile, a mile, maybe two, more if I’m really on a roll, but I don’t expect too much and keep telling myself, a little is better than none at all.
I also do not use a running tracker app of any kind. I thought about it at the start and did for the first few times then decided it was just stressing me out, and I was falling into the trap of expectations and setting myself up for disappointed for when I just feel bleugh! They aren’t for me, not when I’m trying to do the opposite and just run for fun and to feel good. I still push myself sometimes and as long as I feel good, breathless and am still alive at the end of it then that’s good enough for me, even though the next day I might wake up feeling ouch, ouch, ouch.
I might share another activity with you again soon in another lockdownlalia, or I might write about something entirely different, I suppose you’ll have to wait and see.