I’ve never been this fit, or this fast, or this consistent. It’s great. I mean, I’m not going to be winning a race any time soon, but there’s a distinct possibility I might not come last in the next one.
A couple of weeks ago I bought an expensive, fancy-pants GPS running watch. Most unlike me (although I did buy it second hand), but I confess I have fallen in love with it. It tells me all kinds of things I could probably live without knowing – how far I’ve gone, my heart rate, how fast I’m going. It beeps at me if I’m going too fast or slow for the type of run I’m doing. It can even tell me how to get home if I get lost.
When I get back, I can plug it into the computer, and it shows me a map of where I’ve been, how hilly it was (like I didn’t notice while I was out…), and how my heart rate and pace changed with the terrain.
All things I could manage perfectly well without, I know.
The good news is that I don’t need to stop taking photographs – my new watch has an ‘auto-pause’ function which means that when I stop, the timer stops too. How good is that? (I confess I paused it myself when I got to this ludicrous boggy patch – I had to climb over a wall to get round it. I’m all for a bit of mud, but this would have entirely filled my shoes and I still had four miles to go).
One of my reasons for this year of running was to see just how well I could do if I put my mind to it and trained properly. I was intrigued to see if I would be able to stick with a training plan (something I’ve never managed before).
Surprisingly, it’s working! I’ve run three times every week since October, and most weeks I’ve been swimming, done an indoor cycling class, and a session of pilates too.
I have no idea what’s changed, but something has. Something makes me determined to make a go of it, and something makes me get out of bed at stupid-o-clock to run.
Still, it doesn’t do to think too hard about these things. There may come a time when my enthusiasm will wear off but for now I’m enjoying myself. Although listening to the rain, tomorrow’s run will be an in-the-gym-watching-cookery-programmes one…