When I started running after Easter, I never in a billion years dreamed I would find it addictive. Yet I've been out in the freezing cold, in the pouring rain, and this morning with a funny feeling across my left ankle, which I walked and ran off. It's fine now. Stupid thing. I'm learning all about Ealing, learning where there are hills, where there are nice fast flat bits, and that running around Walpole and Lammas parks is pretty boring, and not a patch on running on the pavement around the nice houses. Odd that.
[I tried to put a picture of my route here, but it doesn't work. Imagine a red faced idiot in leggings running past traditional Victorian/Edwardian houses, and you'll get the idea.]
I've been running home from dropping the children a couple of days a week; I make sure I get off the bus route, and just go. This morning I tired of Lammas Park, and ran around the back streets between Northfields and Boston Manor Road, which was delightful. The ankle niggle meant that I ran for about 15 mins, walked until it didn't hurt, then ran until I couldn't bear it any more. I stopped for a chat with a friend, and that cured it pretty well, so I was able to run almost all the way home, with a detour to make it up to 5km. The goal at the moment is the WINTER RUN, a 10 kilometre slog around Central London, in about 2 months time. I can now easily run 5km, and ran 6 on Friday, and 5.86 today, so basically 6. Just another 4 to go, and it shouldn't be that hard really. The plan is to do it in under an hour and a half and then go to the pub. That might mean I have to speed up a bit.
I've definitely changed shape from all the running - I still have my hourglass figure with the extra sand, but there is less sand than there was before. I'm planning on doing the dreaded Shred next month, and seeing how that goes. I do not like it much, but it undeniably works, dammit. It should complement the running, and hopefully get rid of the post c-section tummy overhang; it's been 4 years, I really should do SOMETHING.
No sewing at the moment, I just don't seem to have the energy.