After last night’s 6K run/walk, I was surprised to find that I didn’t have too many aches and pains this morning. Ok, so the achilles is still niggling, but no more than it has been over the last few weeks – a bit of stiffness in the morning and the odd twinge on the stairs, but nothing more. And, on the whole, I’m feeling much more energised than I have done since I stopped running regularly.
The key, it seems, is to run slowly and avoid uneven surfaces and hills. Unfortunately, this means no more parkruns until it feels better. However, I am quite fortunate in that I have a nice long flat seafront promenade at my disposal. As long as it’s not too windy, the seafront is a great place to run at any time of the day or evening, with plenty of other crazy people out running, jogging and taking part in open air fitness classes.
In fact, it’s not unusual to see a couple of dozen people suddenly start running towards you, then gather in a circle, drop to the ground and start pulling all sorts of strange stretches and poses in the name of fitness and exercise. But that’s what I love about Brighton and Hove – anything goes, pretty much.
As for me though, I prefer to be slightly less visible in real life and try to blend in to my surroundings. For this reason, I’m kind of surprised at myself for what I have just done. About an hour ago, I was having a bit of a nose on Facebook to see what everyone was up to, when I noticed that someone had posted a link to a Santa Dash. Being glutton for anything even vaguely running related, I clicked on the link and found myself signing up for this year’s Brighton Santa Dash.
The idea is pretty simple. You pay £15, dress up in a Santa suit and turn up at 10:30 am on 7th December to join lots of other Santas to run a 5K race along Hove seafront. Now, I’m not really into drawing too much attention to myself, especially when I’m attempting to do something vaguely resembling running, but as I’ll be dressed exactly the same as everyone else, I guess it won’t matter too much.
The main thing is that I’ll get to run with a crowd again, which I’ve really been missing for the last few weeks, and will hopefully help to raise some money for charity at the same time.
Oh, and you get a medal too, which is kind of cool.