Thursday, January 03, 2013
I am so chuffed. I have new trainers, my first 'proper' trainers for a while. I have been putting up with cheapo trainers due to financial constraints, we are still borasic but we are buying each other wedding anniversary pressies this year. Our anniversary is not until the 14th Jan (7 years if you are interested) but Kenn said I could have 'early' trainers. I have sexy New Balance shoes, from the sale with a reduction of £17 so I was well chuffed.
I nearly didn't get trainers from the sports shop as the first assistant, who came to help, was more than a little abrasive. He did like to tell me what shoes I needed. I am all for advice but I know what shoes I need, I know what size I am and when I asked for New Balance in a size 8 and he brought me pink Ascics in a size 7 we did not get off to a good start. Pink!! I ask you. In the end I ended up with purple trainers with pink laces (yuk) but the laces can - and will - be changed. The ladies running shoe section was very pink, or pastel blue. Do trainer companies really think that we all want shocking pink? I bloomin' don't like pink. I am not a pink girl. Purple not so bad but there was a distinct lack of trainers in sensible colours. It took a while but finally, trainers were obtained and paid for.
Then, of course, it poured with rain. I did get a bike ride in though. Only half an hour, in the pitch dark and by myself but half an hour is better than nothing. I have good lights and a reflective, hi-viz cycling jacket so I can be seen from a good old distance off. I took my mountain bike due to the mud on the local roads and I came back splattered to high heaven. I had to shower my jacket off, it was astonishing how much mud I collected on my way round.
Today, thursday, I am back to work with 2 dogs to groom and a 'spring-bat' to walk (Springer Spaniel x Bassett Hound) so I am on my feet all day. I plan to do a short jog - very short - before work but I am waiting for all our neighbours to go to work.
My Mum, when she was alive, said that I would train using the G.O.A.D.I.C.O.N.S. Method of training, when I first started running, way back in 1982. She said that it stood for Going Out After Dark In Case Our Neighbours See. You can substitute 'after dark' for 'at dawn' depending on how my day was going and what time of year it was. At the moment, I am settling for when the neighbours have gone to work as we have a 1/4 mile private drive. I thought that I would walk to the top and jog back down. I haven't jogged for years due to a nagging achilles problem but after a lot of rest and no jogging for a good 2 years, it feels fine and totally pain free. I shall take it very slowly.
Onwards with my day then.