OK I start this post with a bit of a confession; I’m a bit embarrassed by this but here it goes….I’ve taken up running! Yes I feel like a complete traitor to my poor bikes which have been sat in the shed waiting to be let loose for far too long than I’d like to mention. I didn’t mean to start running it sort of happened by accident!
One morning the nursery run just turned into a run, well that’s an exaggeration more of a bit of very slow jogging, followed by a lot of trying to get my breath back and a bit of a walk. You see running (again in the loosest term) fitted in with my current life style. Before we moved the shop to Newton Stewart I had Brian on hand to look after the wee ones if I wanted to get out on the bike. Now, going for a run after dropping my eldest at nursery is handy, I can run with the buggy and I’m back and showered before 10 (and Jack often goes down for a nap, which lets me get on with paper work).
To be honest the fact that I exercise at all is a bit of a minor miracle! I spent the majority of my school years actively avoiding compulsory physical education. PE really didn’t appeal, my hand eye coordination is next to nil so for any team sports involving balls (that’ll be pretty much all of them) I was always the last chosen. I wasn’t athletic and the only thing I liked doing was gymnastics but it was a rarity to be let loose in the gym (out door stuff in dismal weather was way more character building). Looking back we had a very limited selection of activities and they always felt forced upon us like a punishment.
It’s taken me years to find love for exercise and come to realise exercise should feature up there with breathing, eating and drinking. It’s something that’s vital in order to keep your body running efficiently and mentally a good dose of physical activity does wonders for your frame of mind. The key to embracing exercise is to find something you love doing and something that jigsaws into your life style (you may adore rock climbing but if you live somewhere flat and no where near a climbing wall it probably isn’t going to be a regular occurrence). The thing I love about cycling over other activities is the fact that it doubles up as a means of transport as well as exercise so is easy to incorporate into your routine.
So for the time being, for me, running fits in nicely but I’ve a beautiful new Merida bike that’s crying out to be taken for a spin around Wigtownshire and it looks like it‘s going to be a lovely evening, now where did I put my cycle helmet……