Why I Hate Running On Ice In The Winter. And The Day Where I Nearly Got Hit By A Car.
Wednesday’s run was full of woe. I knew from the glistening on the pavement that it was icy but that didn’t stop me. Knowing that this was week 1 of my training for the Paris Marathon I HAD to start well.
I had to impress.
But my Paris Marathon training did not start well. I spent 41 minutes skating like an angry goat around the dark reaches of Northern Ireland.
I jogged mostly on the wrong side of the road too as it always seemed less icy. It felt like an act of rebellion at the time but now I know it was an act of desperation.
I spent those 41 minutes paranoid that I’d slip and break my head. It almost happened at mile 2 when I tried to pass in front of a car. I felt EVERYTHING go and prepared myself for the fall. By some miracle of nature I steadied myself with a flap of my wings. To the driver of the car in front of me it must have looked like I was conducting an invisible orchestra.
But who was he to question my intentions? He was a freak out driving randomly at 6:10am.
Today’s run was much better. 8 miles. I wasn’t gonna go out because of the cold weather but fortunately I did.
And I felt so much better for it too throughout the day. Not because it was just a run, but because I felt it was my comeback run after being ill last week.
Here’s 5 ways in which the run benefitted me and is still benefitting me going into the weekend.
- The run was enjoyable. I always seem to think it’s gonna be shit before I go out, especially if it’s my first run back in a while. I need to cut out the mental debate before running.
- I was in better spirits for the rest of the day because of the run! Everything seemed brighter. There was a vitality about me that just isn’t there if I don’t run.
- For once I’m not going into the weekend having to make up for lost runs. If I spread my runs out throughout the week then I’ll feel fresh on my long run on Sunday. There’s nothing worse than doing 2 runs on a Saturday and then a long run on Sunday. It drains me.
- Today’s run means I can relax a little when it comes to calorie restriction. If I don’t do any exercise on a Friday then I will usually skip a meal, and get overly hungry and binge anyway. The Saturday run will then be full of pain.
- Even though I only ran 4 miles on Wednesday, jogging today means that I’ve got back into my old routine again. Last week I feared I’d lose any fitness I had and that I’d have to struggle again through another marathon training cycle. This isn’t happening this time.
Then Tragedy (Nearly) Strikes.
I was feeling amazing this morning until I nearly got hit by a car on the way to work.
I crossed a side road that was blocked off on each side by vans so I had to step out and hope. I crossed the road just as a car pulled out. He stopped 6 inches short of me, beeped his horn and started on a serious volume of abuse.
Not knowing what to do I sprinted off like Forrest Gump (in the scene where the bullies are hurling rocks at him) with my bag full of energy drinks trailing behind me like a tail.
Fortunately I made it to work with my sugary stash intact and it was a fine day.
I hope you had a fine day too.