A pre-dinner, pre-bedtime run and I decided to lift my spirits with some music. As I stood in the biting cold wind waiting for my ancient Garmin to crawl slowly towards a signal of some sort, Florence and the Machine kicked in. I was actually jigging around on the pavement, itching to get going! Whenever I listen to their music, I think how good it would be to run to, so one of the first things I did when I got my little (tiny actually) iPod Shuffle was to put Florence on, but today was my first run with her keeping me company. Oh my. I actually started with a sprint down our road, not advisable really, but I felt like a child, running along like it was the best thing in the world. ‘Dog Days Are Over’ seems just perfect for a run, amazing tempo and the words: ‘Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father, run for your children and your sisters and brothers…’ I think the commuters sluggishly crawling off their trains thought I was possessed.
I didn’t think this fast start could carry on for long, but I just kept going for it, reaching up the hills, weaving in and out of pavement strollers and pausing for a millisecond at each junction. It felt like a good run should: easy, powerful, unbeatable. I was that person you see in cheesy ads, reaching the top of a hard hill, stopping, hands on hips and looking around at an amazing view. Ah yes, this is why we do it!
This is the sort of view I imagine, but it was dark, so my view was limited.
(Oh, and yesterday I passed the one hundred mile mark).
Janathon day 27:
Time: 29 minutes 19 seconds
Distance: 3.17 miles
Average Pace: 9.16
Best Pace: 6.42