I Don’t Miss The Road
Know what I don’t miss? The road. Running through Scotland in a blur of haggis, Irn Bru and poorly suppressed self hate.
If anything, I miss the simplicity of LEJOG. I had two goals each day. 1) Get closer to John O’Groats. 2) Try my very best not to shit myself.
When I completed my LEJOG on Saturday evening, it felt right. It felt good. The end. The relief was amazing. I’m a miserable bastard so I wasn’t excited about the finish. It finished and it was good. Got a taxi with a man who looked like David Moyes to Thurso and he was telling me stories of the Highlands. I was laughing all the time even though parts of his stories were tragic.
“Aye the wee man went missing and ah didnae ken what to dae, then we foond im in the snaw!”
It’s only today that my body has felt ‘OK’. I had to take the day off work yesterday because of the fatigue I mentioned on Wednesday. I ended up sleeping for 18 hours. Woke up at 11pm in Tottenham. More dreams about running. Running 8 miles and then thinking I have another 20 to go, only to wake up in Tottenham confused as to why I’m in London and not Elgin, Thurso, John O’Groats or any of those other mad bastard Northern towns.
I did a mile and a half around the estate and that was it. It was more than enough.
My streak lives on. I’ve no intentions of breaking it. I regret breaking my blogging streak as it’s made it harder to post here everyday.
It’s why I won’t drink tonight. I could go out and ‘have a few’ but then I’d begin to drink more and more and it’d get hopeless again. Easier to keep fighting the daily fight.
I ran 5 miles home tonight and it wasn’t bad. My body is still recovering so I’m not pushing myself. I’ll recover this week and see how I am next week.
I’ll listen to my body and adapt. I want to test my new idea of picking a destination and trying to run there in a weekend. Pick somewhere 100k away and try to get there in 2 or 3 days.
I’ll wait until I’m back to 100% before trying this out though.
In the meantime I am resting. I did myself proud with LEJOG and I look forward to more adventures in the near future.