Another weekend – another race – another medal!
I think I may have a slight addiction to running and taking part in races. In an effort to keep my mind occupied this weekend I signed up for the Woodford Village 10k very late last week.
It’s an odd thing that running can free the mind from stress, worry and upset as often activities that don’t involve thinking would make this worse. Running makes it better.
Currently, I have an aversion to people, crowds and noise. My ears seem overly sensitive which my brain processes by shutting down all cognitive function leaving me confused and unfocused. I feel as though I’m dragging myself through a tangle of weeds while my head is enveloped in fluffy cotton wool. But, being in a crowd of runners is ok, yes there is conversation but it’s not like being in a supermarket where your senses are assaulted from all directions. It’s calming, no expectations, no plans, no deadlines just a bunch of awesome folk doing their own thing.
Running is awesome.
As I said, today’s race was roughly half on tarmac and half on grass/forest paths which I was excited to try. As we’d had some rain overnight I decided to wear my trail shoes, a good decision, as I’d be less likely to fall and injure myself because if someone would I’m sure I’d be that someone! It was a great race, an interesting route through fields, woods and quiet lanes, well signposted and the time seemed to go by quickly. We did have the challenging hill to contend with but I’m guessing 99% of us walked up it.
My main issue was with my balance, I’m fine running along pavements or roads but narrow tracks require an exceptional level of focus for me to avoid stumbling headlong into the adjacent hedges. This run was a heavy duty workout for whichever part of my brain controls my balance and coordination.
Saying that I finished in an admirable 01:02:42 and very much enjoyed the free Jaffa Cakes at the end.