So last Sunday I decided that I needed to get back to running. I was really eager but slightly anxious because I had not run in a few weeks… So yes, I was aware of how hard and challenging it was going to be. In retrospect I vow to never miss another LSD for this season because ‘Shit that was ruff’!
In passing other runners I often wonder what they are thinking about, because I know that running is a mind game and all you do is think… Running for some people is very cathartic and their minds remain calm – me on the other hand – haibo! Time to face the reality that I am not a meditative runner! I am a ‘work through the shit in your head’ type runner. I have a full on battle with my mind! Aai yah… I guess I am never going to be that runner that just peaces out…
No Ways… There is a shit storm that happens in my head… and this is how it goes..
15 minutes before my run – Yes I can do this… I need the toilet! Slather on Sunscreen. Stuff handkerchief into bra. Water and lets go!
1st km – Oh my word! Why have I not run in so long? I LOVE RUNNING! It feels amazing!
2km – Yes! I got this! Warming up is so wonderful, breathing easy! Hey I can breathe through my nose! My legs feel awesome and my mind is calm and relaxed!
3km – Wait – where’s Maruf? What’s my pace? Oooohhh under 6 mins… gotta slow down… Gosh he is so slow today… What a beautiful morning!
4km – Slow down! Turn around wait for Maruf! Are you ok? How far we gonna go? What we going to do with the kids later?
5km – Oh Hell! Why are my legs burning? Or is it my butt? Yes why is my butt burning? Breathe deeply through the nose and slowly out the mouth! Control and focus!
6km – Gosh I need to just walk a little…. My feet are on fire. My shoes are finished. I need new shoes. Water!!! I need water! Maybe I should try Nikes. My shoes have holes all over and my toes are sticking through…
7km – This is SO HARD! I know I am not dying but yoh…why? I need to turn around! Stop it already… No dont you dare stop – gotta kill those hormones!
8km – Ok I really need to STOP! I can feel that chafe… Never gonna win the chafe battle. A shower is gonna kill me… Why does Vaseline only last so long? Disappointing…
9km – Why am I STILL RUNNING? I can’t breathe… My body hurts! Everything hurts!?! Am I grunting? Whats that smell? Is it me? Hey Maruf – is that smell me?
10km – I AM NEVER DOING THIS AGAIN! The sweat is burning my eyes and face! No wonder some people say they are allergic to exercise!
1-2-3 In….1-2 out… repeat x a million
11km – My right leg is broken… Wait… could it really be BROKEN? No man – its my foot – the left one that always chooses to be an underachiever! Almost at home. My calves are rebels… they hate me!
12km – I can’t feel my feet… there is searing pain in my hips… MY left HIP IS BROKEN! STOP THAT! Stop and stretch. Aaahhhh that feels soooo good. Hey why am I walking sideways? Why are you laughing at me? Run – its quicker to get home and it hurts a lot less than walking…
13km – Is that a Hill? I don’t wanna run up that hill! Nooooooooo!!! Almost there! Yessss! I don’t wanna run anymore… I am not running for the rest of the week! Ssshhhhtttttt just be quiet – I am not talking anymore…
14km – I am HUNGRY. I am STARVING! Can I have breyani when I get home? Or Pizza? No I want Cofffee!!! I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT FOOD! I WANT TO EAT EVERYTHING!
15KM – Last ppppuuussshhhhh aaannnddd DONE!!!
I feel so thin, healthy and accomplished… Yeah!!!!