Being someone who tends towards extremes I decided to burn off the Christmas calories by going for a Big Run this morning.
My alarm went off at 6.30 am.
At about 6.40 am my husband had managed to gently wake me by yelling “Is that your alarm ?” repeatedly. He may have had to yell of course when the whispering “wake up my beautiful darling wife – it’s jogging time” failed.
Odd though it may seem, I do own practical shoes and I managed to save two pairs of these today <blows proudly on fingernails>.
The first pair are RUNNING SHOES. Sadly although I can run in stilettos it’s not a terribly good idea to do so. K-Swiss Trainers are a better choice.
I chose my usual running soundtrack. By usual I mean the last running soundtrack that I ran to about 6 months ago. I hate running.
The iPod rebelled and autoselected this as my initial running track instead.
The actual exercise bit is okay and fine. What I really find hard is running into and through tree spider webs. There is that horrible moment of face hugging stickiness followed by another five horrible minutes of checking for arachnids in one’s hair. The ideal thing is to sprint as possible in the vain hope that you will dislodge them torward velocity. According to scientists, you can ingest spider web silk with as much impunity as your own toe nails clippings. Good to know but I’d still rather not do so.
There’s no point telling me to avoid trees. Anywhere that involves open spaces around here seems to also feature a preponderance of trees.
Despite the spider web and small flying insect inhalation, the hilly bits and the views are genuinely worth the run.
The thing that I cannot overcome is my loathing of running. I loathe running for many reasons. It makes me feel ungainly. What’s more, I really loathe having to tie double knots in my running shoe laces to stop them coming unravelled and trip me up.
There is no good reason why the laces can’t be covered over. I went cycling with my son later in the day with a pair of really old OverRock mountain biking shoes:
See flappy leather thing over the laces? That is a very good feature indeed and one that the manufacturers of running shoes should snaffle.
You can’t run in cycling shoes though. So until such time as OverRock do trainers, I shall be trying shoe lace shibari a la the Ladies over at Fit Sugar.
Rather than use this whole post have a whinge about functional footwear (and save ugly shoes), I really have to share the delight that my 7 year old son has experienced by progressing to Size 1 adult shoes. Seven Adult shoes sizes less than mine.
Shoe Saves 56 and 57 of 105. K-Swiss Trainers & OverRock mountain bike shoes