I always wanted to be one of those women who just put on their sneakers, tied their hair into a ponytail and ran. But I had NEVER run.

That all changed. I'm a runner now.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

The drive home from Nicky's is bliss. 
It's 20 minutes of bliss. 
My legs are tired and seize up a bit from the run. 
I start to get cold and a bit shivery. 
It's quiet. No one is asking anything of me. 
A goofy smile widens as that chuffed with the run feeling sets in. 
It is bliss. 
And that's why I run. 


Sunday, 20 July 2014

We need all the help we can get. 

My friend Steve gave me the best advice last week. 
It was run day and I was kicking up a stink about having to run. 
He said... "Don't think, I have to run today. Think about the route you're going run. Concentrate on that". 
It worked. 
I found myself running the route in my mind and itching to get my shoes on. 

The "to run or not" battle is constant. This little bit of advice could be that one weapon you need. 

Onward. Put your shoes on and run. 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

I'll tell you something for nothing. 

Got home from an icy cold hill run. Man it was cold. Most people chose not to run tonight. And fair enough. But. Not us. We ran. And added on an extra loop. It was bitterly cold. 

Anyway... 

Got home. Devoured dinner then sunk into a steaming hot bath. 

It's not even 7 o'clock and I'm in my pjs about to make a cup of tea and read my book. 

It's hard to beat this feeling. 

Yes ... I know. You don't have to run to enjoy all that. 

Well... This is what I'm going to tell you for nothing. 

Because we ran ... All that, the dinner and the bath, and the pjs and the book, isn't just enjoyable.  It is through the roof, off the charts, out of this world, utterly and completely sublime. 

Life should feel sublime. Not just mildly enjoyable. 

Run. Eat. Bathe. 

Sublime. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

It takes one step. Literally. Not figuratively. But literally. 
One step. 
And the grit and anger and disappointment and darkness of a bad day is behind you.   
It's remarkable. The power of one tiny little step. 
Shakes it all away. 
Run a bad day away. 

Thursday, 3 July 2014

It's this easy. 

Tie your hair up, put your gear on, lace your shoes up, find your iPod, untangle your earphones, put dinner on, send that email, feed the cat, clean up the yoghurt spilt on the floor, get the washing in, get the washing out, console your friend, ring your mum, juggle the accounts, pay the fees, pay the fines, book the car in, empty the dishwasher ... And ... run. 

It's that easy. 
Things that sound amazeballs but actually are not ...

1) Breakfast in bed. 
Sounds dreamy but crumbs in the bed and a fried egg sliding off on to your pillow is not. 

2) lunch out with the family. 
Sounds idyllic but kids refusing to SIT DOWN and refusing to eat anything off the menu is not. 

3) a long soak in the bath
Sounds heavenly but soaking in your own dead skin cells and looking up at the ceiling mould  that you have to clean is not. 

Things that sound simply awful but are not ...

1) alarm going off at 6am on Sunday morning for the long run. 
Sounds horrific but the bowl of porridge and the hot shower after ... Well... Nothing can compare. 

2) meeting at the bottom of a hill for hill run Thursday. 
Sounds terrible but the steak and Pinot and the hot shower after... Well... Nothing can compare. 

3) standing at the start line of a half marathon sounds soul destroying. But the hot chips and pint of lager and the hot shower after ... Well... Nothing can compare. 

Running sounds like the worst thing in the world to do. 

But running ... is amazeballs. 


Sunday, 29 June 2014

You gotta sweat everyday. 

That's what my niece Zoe said to me once. 

She's like her Aunty. She loooooves her food. But unlike her Aunty she's as slim as a pin. 

When she was scoffing down a Hershey's Chocolate Pie one day ... I marvelled in the sight and said... How do you do it???

"You gotta sweat every day Aunty" she said. 

So on the days you're  not running, find a way to sweat. Don't just take the stairs.... Run up them. Twice. Don't just bike next to the kids... Race them. Don't just shuffle around doing the housework... Blitz it. 

Sweat everyday.