Both feet off the ground

October 29, 2017 at 10:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

treesOk, so I’m on a roll now… not only have I run twice in a week, I’ve blogged about it as well.

It’s a bit of a preparation for November, where for some reason I can’t remember, I try and do something excercisey every day for a month. Just because I want to, or at least because I can.

Anyway, I’m taking a run-up to November, and starting now. And today was the coast path to Maidencombe, because I don’t like running on the flat, and on the coast path There Is No Flat.

Strava tells me that some bits were quicker than others, and more bits were slower, but not that the sun was out, and so was the gorse in places.

When I started, I didn’t know it was a run to Maidencombe, but that was where I ended up by the time it was time to turn. Maidencombe is always good value because of the sign threatening a £50 penalty for climbing up the rocks. There is never anyone collecting the money, so I have saved £hundreds now.

Unusually, it was a run all the way. Before on this path I have walked (fast!) (ish) up at least two stupidly-steep-stepped sections. Today though, the autumn sun had brought out spectators inconveniently walking themselves on the hilly bits. As I pointed out to them, if they weren’t there I would have been walking myself, and not pretending-to-be-running (both feet off the ground, just not very quickly).

So if I run up the hill just because someone is watching, does that mean I’m pretending? Or just that my legs always could run the hill, and it’s actually my will that needs strengthening rather than my legs.

On the last-hill-but-one, when there was nobody to watch me, I pretended that there was, and managed to stagger-run all the way. And on the last hill, again sans spectators, the me’s who had run the other hills all got together and watched this me make it messily to the top.

And as it happened, I’d forgotten about the last hill back to the car, but that almost looked after itself. Strava at the end did say it was a slow run, but I think the ‘run’ part was the most important bit of that.


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