This evening I went for a 5 mile run. Here are my observations:
I didn’t take any technology with me – not even my stop watch! I had planned to leave my phone, no question, as the last time I took it, it bounced in my pocket the whole time. However, I had planned to take my stop watch. I just couldn’t find it! I must admit the thought of running without a watch seemed impossible. I had never done it before. How would I measure time! Measuring time was important as from the very start, running has been about time, what with the programme and all.
As I was walking to the canal and thinking about starting my run, I realised I wouldn’t encounter the technology stumble at the start. The moments I have to spend switching on my running app or starting my stop watch, neither of which are humongous time consumers, but neither-the-less interrupt the flow of running. I was literally going to walk to the canal path and start running in a split second rather than 30 (like I said not a huge time consumer but a floooow interruption). In sum, I enjoyed running with out a watch.
The hardest part is going out
I’ve just realised this isn’t news. It’s practically plagiarism. But during the run when it dawned on me it felt like a realisation/enlightenment/revelation/light bulb moment/ an aha moment (that’s for the Oprah fans)/you get the idea.
‘The first step is the hardest’ jargon has been floating around for generations. But tonight I realised the hardest part of running is the first part. Before I started running this evening I had planned to run 5 miles. But as soon as I started running I didn’t want to run 5 miles! I worried I wouldn’t make it back. That I would have to walk home, which would take a long time, which in turn would kill my evening. I started to think about shorter routes. But I kept on and made it to the half way mark. And once there I felt good. I had made it! And I still had enough energy to run home. I noticed on my way home it was easier. I knew I could make it back. So now I know to ignore the negative thoughts at the start. I can push through them!
Two aha moments in one run is plenty
That’s it. I’m out of aha moments. The run was good. My knees hurt afterwards. But I wasn’t too in pain/tired to stretch. Which says something. Usually I don’t stretch until 15-20 minutes later. But tonight I stretched immediately after stopping.
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I Googled the phrases ‘lonely phone’ and ‘lonely watch’ to source an image which would matched my first aha moment. Instead I found this picture and my heart stopped, fell in love and promised to buy 7 different colours of hair dye. So wala! You have a rainbow plait rather than a depressed watch/phone. Image from here.
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