I know I’m probably not supposed to be running again yet, but today I just had to get out.
It was one of those days when nothing seemed to be going right. It was nothing major. Just lots of little things that didn’t work out the way that they should have. I won’t go into details because it’s really not that important, but let’s just say that lots of little annoyances grew into irritation and left me feeling twitchy and unfocussed. So I did what I’m not supposed to do. I put on my trainers and headed for the seafront.
Even though it has only been a couple of weeks since I last ran, the weather really has taken a turn for the worse. Usually, I wear a t-shirt when I’m running, even if it is a bit cold, but today I decided to wrap up a bit more and wore a hoody to keep myself warm. I didn’t really like the feel of it. It was kind of tight and restrictive compared with my light t-shirts, but when I reached the seafront I realised it wasn’t such a bad decision after all.
Just as I was crossing the road to the promenade, the wind picked up and almost blew me clean off my feet. No exaggeration! I actually held on to the lamp post to stop myself toppling over. Still, for some reason, that didn’t put me off going on the promenade. I was still feeling pretty agitated, so I figured that a bit of wind resistance might help to get it all out of my system.
I started my run by heading east towards Brighton, with a fairly strong tail wind helping to push me along. It felt pretty good. I enjoyed the feeling of the wind and the rain and the spray from the sea. I was running again and it felt ok. No pain at all from my Achilles.
After a nice easy quarter of a mile everything was still good, so I turned around to head west towards the lagoon for the first half of my usual 5K route. I wasn’t going to go crazy or try to get a new PB or anything like that. I just wanted to see if I could go the distance.
Unfortunately, however, the wind that had been helping me along from behind, suddenly seemed a lot more powerful face on, so much so that I was almost running horizontally to get through it. Not such a great idea after all. So, I decided to forget about the seafront for today and headed back through the slightly more sheltered streets.
This, as it turned out, worked out perfectly. As soon as I turned away from the wind again, it was as if all of my frustrations had gone with it. I felt so relaxed and at ease that I even turned off my RunKeeper app, deleted today’s workout and just jog-walked my way home. I didn’t worry about pace or time or distance or any of that, but simply enjoyed being outside in the fresh air, accepting and adapting to what was going on around me.
If I’m honest, from a physical point of view, it was probably the worst thing that I could have done; but from a mental, emotional and even spiritual point of view, it was the best decision I made all day. Yes, I have got that slight twinge around my ankle and yes my Achilles feels a little bit tight again; but my mind is calm and all of the agitation, frustration and general twitchiness has gone.