And the living is easy. For Joe at least:
Not so much for me. As usual I am using my “downtime” from riding to a) run and b) work on the babies we have here.
I took up running about seven years ago. I very much run for fitness: I do not ENJOY running per se but I do feel quite proud of myself when I stop after managing to log 5km or so, considering that when I started I could barely run for 30 seconds! I used the Couch to 5K programme to get me started which I thoroughly recommend.
Why do I run? Because 7 years ago I moved from a job working in mixed practice where I was on my feet and moving all day to an office job where I mostly sit at a desk, and in the first 6 months I put on four kilos… And decided I couldn’t go on that way. I often joke that “I only run so I can eat” but under the joking that is basically true… I have a horribly sweet tooth and I love to bake, so to counteract all that I have to MOVE. I could come over all worthy and declare that I “want my children to see me being healthy” and so on, but the fact is I run so I won’t be fat (although it is probably better for my kids to see me running and enjoying my food, than to see me eating nothing but lettuce, which would be the alternative). I did for a while have a theory about running parts of our 80km rides, but I haven’t yet managed to lift my pace enough to be able to keep up with Joe’s trot… Although I do get off and jog down hills.
This year I have signed up for a 12km (7.5 mile) run for charity… This is a BIG step for me. I run almost exclusively on my own as I am a) slow and b) still battling with my self image as “not athletic”.. I still have the self talk that makes me thing no one wants to see my wobbly self running down the road. I also don’t feel like a “runner” despite all those inspirational memes you see declaring that “if you run, you’re a runner” and yaddayadayada. Logically I know this is completely not true, but the thought is still there. So I am putting myself out there and doing it.
The run is in May, which is after the start of the endurance season.. Not sure yet how I will fit it all in, but I have the luxury of the option of running at work during my lunchbreak, so that will happen, once the riding starts again in earnest.
There’s not a lot else happening around here, to be honest, which is why I’m writing about running instead of riding…
Chime continues to do well:
Savannah has started back into boot camp to try and reduce the fat:
I shall leave you with some running photos:
And then I go to work while everyone else is still in pyjamas (it’s the long summer school break here, so of course teacher husband is also on holidays). Which sometimes means I feel like this in the morning:
I’m sure I’ll get over it.