It’s been a while since I posted here or, more importantly did any training. With the 14th September approaching at a faster pace than I can run, I really need to get focused on my goal. Yes, me concentrating on something for more than 5 minutes could be a challenge but it will be a lesson in perseverance and dedication, ‘character building’ might be the correct descriptor!
So far this summer, I have been training, reading, getting used to new medication, experimenting with alternative type treatments, spending time with family and friends, celebrating one more successful circumnavigation of that big yellow thing burning my skin but making the grass and flowers grow and generally relaxing. Looking back on how I was about a month ago, I am glad to say my energy levels are finally picking up and I think all the running, Zumba, Pilates and conditioning work are doing me good.
I have had a slight hiatus though. Last week a very close family member took suddenly ill and was admitted into hospital. You can imagine our concern, as the close relative described a pain in his chest and back and then started rubbing his left arm. We didn’t hang around. Mercifully it was ‘only’ gallstones. This means monitoring the situation, him keeping to a low fat diet and possibly surgery in the future. Thankfully the person concerned has decided to keep on with their plans instead of sitting around waiting for something bad to happen! Now things are settling down a bit, I can get back into my routine again (not that that was top of my list of priorities!).
So, I finally got out for a slow 5K last night. I was beating myself up for being so slow, when I remembered the considerable heat we are having at the minute. Hats off to people who run in really hot countries. It must be a treat to visit this part of the world by comparison! I rewarded myself with a glass of cucumber and lemon water – very delicious and very refreshing!
This morning I decided to get out earlier in the day. This helped me a little but I was still tired from last night. No worries though because the worst run was the run that never happened! I found the scenery inspiring and loved the feeling of heat on my limbs, after spending the whole of the Winter totally freezing. I don’t want to spoil the enjoyment of the moment by stressing out about the Winter, but I think I am going to have to take a lot of my training indoors this year. Shame because I feel really cooped up if I don’t get out for some part of the day now.
I’d just like to share some images now from this morning’s outing. On days like this, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!