Running is an interesting one. I don’t really like running. I’ve tried, but it just isn’t happening. It’s painful, uncomfortable and is about as slow as you can go whilst trying to go quickly. Despite this, I have spent quite a lot of my time running. I’ve learned to stop asking myself whether or not I’m enjoying running. If I don’t ask, then I don’t answer and then, with my mind still open, I remain undecided on running and conclude that I probably should continue for the time being. This way I never really find out if I like running or not. This approach has managed to get me round a few ultra marathons and several long running trips. I don’t really think running is about fitness, stubbornness, movement, freedom or otherwise. I think it is what we, as humans, were designed to do and it brings you closer to your primal self. It’s not great, but it is better than being at work or being in the supermarket or looking at your phone on the sofa or just about anything really.
Flamborough Head September 2015, A run around the cliffs of Yorkshire
Autumn 2015 – Getting into running
High Peak Marathon 2016, what does it take to run the HPM?
Wales, June 2016 – Part 5 – The V3K – My first ultra-marathon