Well, following on from my previous post I did make it out an ran 7.25 miles.
I had intended for more, but for a variety of reasons I decided it best to head back.
I’d also miss the first episode of the new series of Top Gear…
So, as I sat in my bedroom watching the sky gradually darken, I was preparing for the evenings exploits. Taking a pack with extra clothing and a variety of head torches, I would make this worth its while. Driving through the quiet streets, it felt exciting knowing how many would be sat inside, avoiding the all consuming darkness.
Parked up, I made my way into the woodland of Woburn Sands, with head torch light beaming through the dense woodland. Eyes of deer reflected back, and the lamp picked reflective strips of bike pedals that had fallen off on rides. Yet, I wasn’t relaxed. It had been sometime since I had moved at night and relaxing with the associated sounds took some time.
When I saw head torches in the distance, I double checked how many were in front and took a side trail, not sure of what lay ahead. A couple of minutes later, I was confronted by a dog, stood silently infant of me, teeth bearing. I froze. The owner was calling, but he/she was not responding. I feared that if i carried on running I ran the risk of provoking a reaction. When it finally began to retreat, I slowly walked off, before checking my shoulder and bolting.
I was now aware of my surroundings.
The next hour consisted of hill repeats (we don’t really have them around here), testing torches for each mile and a half. It was a joyous experience, and I only stopped when I had completed my task.
Heading back to the car I was satisfied.
It is incredible what a change of time of day and light conditions can have on your mind. Though things felt initially more hostile, I felt relaxed. It’s pretty amazing how the mind works.
The anxiety may have reduced, but for what real reason? After everything was the same bar the amount of people, and if anything people were never going to care, given I would be running past them.
Running distance is as much mental as physical.
This can be adopted into most things in life.