Thursday, 4 March 2010

Mid-life crisis?

I try not to do New Year's resolutions. They never last and I always end up feeling guilty.

Since I suddenly found myself alone, however, I have been very conscious of the need to stay healthy. This was emphasised rather dramatically by a bout of stomach 'flu last Autumn; the initial crisis was over quickly, but dragging myself out of my sick bed twice a day to feed the animals and give Moose enough exercise to stop him going stir crazy was no fun at all.

I have also developed a rather unreasonable paranoia about falling downstairs and breaking a major limb as this would mean a) I couldn't do all the animal stuff and b) I wouldn't be able to drive, which would be a disaster and make me almost totally reliant on other people.

There's not a lot I can do to prevent the freak accidents, but it is within my gift to try to eat more healthily and up the exercise.

So when a friend challenged me to run the Race for Life with her in Aberystwyth, I rather rashly agreed, working on the basis that we would shame one another into training for it.

"It's only 5k," I thought. "I walk at least that distance every day with Moose".

It is a long time since these old legs have run anywhere on a regular basis, though, and I had forgotten how much harder running is than walking! Moose isn't too keen on the idea either as the faster I go, the less time he has to sniff all his favourite smells.

And I know it would amuse R a lot. He was the athlete in our house. With his wiry build he was a natural distance runner, and did several half-marathons over the years with very respectable times. It was something I happily left him to do on his own, so I can only imagine what he would say if he knew what I was attempting to do!

Bright red and sweaty isn't my favourite look, but I shall persevere, even if it means doing tomorrow's run under cover of darkness to minimise embarrassment.

Running shoes are ugly things though, aren't they?


  1. You are an inspiration! I've been struggling to get my butt in gear and make exercise a regular part of my life. When the alarm goes off early tomorrow morning, I'll think of you and maybe I'll get going a little easier.

    Thanks, J!

  2. I don't feel very inspirational. I decided it was too cold yesterday and postponed my run!