Via a combination of the alarm clock and ‘gentle encouragement’ from Fionnuala I got up at 5:30 this morning and ran 10K. My running mojo has been virtually nonexistent of late which has done nothing to help my eating choices and anxiety levels. Lunchtime running is no longer an option now in Belfast and I don’t like hitting the roads in the evenings so the only choice left to me is the dreaded dawn run. Thankfully it was a mild, dry and clear morning.
The hardest part is getting out the front door. I tend to fret before a run but once I actually start the worry falls away. Running is good for my mental health, it cleanses me for the day ahead. It’s akin to a free detox session. I headed out to the shores of Lough Neagh where I turned at the Gawleys Gate Inn for the return leg back into the village. Cows and sheep quietly watched me puff past, bemused at the silliness of humans.
There must have been quite a night at the Inn as empty plastic glasses and bottles were scattered all around it. I counted eight cars parked outside it, responsible folk who had wisely ordered taxis home. I didn’t wish their sore heads and rolling stomachs as they arose to reclaim their vehicles. The days of hungover Stephen are long gone and I very much doubt I will ever have another one. Another benefit of keeping fit and trying to live a healthy life.
It was a slow 10K compared to my speedy times of a few years ago, but it was still 10K. I can now focus on the day ahead and the many other tasks I need to complete. But I know I’ve gotten off to a flying start. The plan is to run 10K every morning this week so feel free to check up on me and make sure I keep to my word. I hope you all have a great day. All comments are welcome and thank you for your continued support of the blog and my writing.