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09-09-2017, 06:45 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-09-2017, 05:33 AM by Mid Life Crisis Marathon Man.)
As the last of the winter squalls full of marine stink blow in from the west, with the wrath of Neptune only amplified by its long journey from ... where, Patagonia, perhaps? ... the time has come once again to chuck the gauntlet at the floor and wriggle (or waddle) into action. This brief climactic return of winter's maelstrom will soon pass and the early signs of spring - the daffodils and lengthening days - will surely reawaken the runner's desire in me again, as it always inevitably does.

A lot has happened in recent weeks. Too much, in fact, though precious little of it had anything at all to do with running. Nearly all of it hastened my decline from the list of those that call themselves runners. Along the way, and in beautiful, poetic sadness and irony, my Garmin Forerunner GPS threw in the towel, committing chronological harakiri, and refusing my best and not inexpensive efforts to revive it; its blank face and lifeless internals condemning me with their silence. Its death neatly paralleled my decline in fitness, and its lifeless heart is now as empty as my running log. I feel, although it is of course ridiculous, that my failure to run was responsible for the death of my watch, as absurd as that may be.

Never mind. Watch or no watch, it's time to get moving again. Inertia only magnifies life's problems, while mobility and momentum diminish them, and in my experience, substantially so.

So. Here I go, once more.


Run slow, run far.
10-09-2017, 04:39 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-09-2017, 06:28 PM by glaconman.)
RE: Set-to-tember
Wise words. Glad you're back in action.
10-09-2017, 09:24 PM,
RE: Set-to-tember

Doesn't seem long since the last change of season was announced. Autumn is definitely here in the south of England. Had to put long trousers on today for the first time (at the weekend) since June.
11-09-2017, 07:28 AM,
RE: Set-to-tember
(09-09-2017, 06:45 PM)Mid Life Crisis Marathon Man Wrote:
Never mind. Watch or no watch, it's time to get moving again. 

I ran my first race yesterday without my Garmin strapped to my wrist.  It was strangely liberating.  Mind you, it was the only part of the morning's shenanigans that was...
There is more to be done
11-09-2017, 08:47 AM, (This post was last modified: 11-09-2017, 01:46 PM by Mid Life Crisis Marathon Man.)
RE: Set-to-tember
The running or the gun?

And so I run once again. The first few minutes were a wretched affair: laboured, grunting and lacking in confidence; prickly, stinky sweat quickly fused with my now too-tight running top. This shirt, a fetching bright green affair was honestly earned at the Almeria Medio Maraton in just February of this year. Until a few weeks ago it had been frequently and proudly worn by me and not too tight at all. Today though, it was uncomfortable and clinging, its tightness and my wretchedness pinning me in a searchlight of justly-deserved condemnation as a fraudster. I could no more run a half marathon now than qualify for the Olympics. It's at times like these I feel like chucking it all in and retiring to a rocking chair on a porch somewhere with a loaded shotgun to shake my fists at the world and spend the rest of my days yelling at people to get off my property.

But, of course, after those first few minutes of gloom, with just a little persistence on my part the inevitable magic returns. A warmth that only runners can appreciate suffuses and calms my inner torment; the frustration at my loss of fitness dissipates and instead the knowledge that I'm back on the path to running righteousness once again prevails. It's a bloody wonderful feeling, and my slowness and laboured breath are as nothing in the face of my return to the patiently waiting world of health and vitality.

In truth I've never really felt part of that world that is the 'running community', although any form of regular social interaction is not something that is easy for a shift worker such as myself. Instead I feel like the nosey neighbour who sometimes pops in unannounced, hanging around awkwardly for a while before disappearing again without a word of explanation.

But nosey or not, here I am: and despite my lack of running not too much damage seems to have been done, I suppose. I'm a little flabbier, of course, but still on the correct side of my target weight, and having done enough cardio work (mainly walking) in recent weeks I can fairly say to still be in reasonable health. But it's time to focus and put in some effort again. A replacement GPS has been ordered and a new season of running has commenced, which, of course, is great.

So, let's crack on. Today's effort was a relatively paltry and very slow run/walk session, but at a little over an hour, it counts as a genuine piece of training and a good kick-start to the southern spring season.

Chuffed, I think, is the word I'm looking for. Yeah, that will do.

Run slow, run far.
17-09-2017, 07:23 AM,
RE: Set-to-tember
Good to see you back in the saddle. Pretty much there myself, having limped through August and stumbled into September. It gets harder to reboot so I do try to do something every week.
Glaconman's advice to CC5 on mixing it up bears a viewing.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph

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