Turn of the Tides

Autumn in Scotland(The Hermitage, Dunkeld, in all its autumn glory)

I have never felt the need to prove anything to anyone with my running; certainly not to other people, but not even to myself. For me, the only real tragedy when running would be if I didn’t enjoy myself. So right now, while my body is still feeling the aftershocks of a very nasty chest infection, I am more than happy to give it the rest that it needs. I decided to bow out of the Cologne Marathon before I even made it to the start line: I’ve always said that I run to be happy and healthy, and I am pleased to say that I have found it very easy to live by those words.

I still run almost every day, but these days I’m very relaxed about it. No watch, no hill sprints, no intervals, no tempo runs. Instead, I am enjoying one easy off road run after the next. It’s brought me much peace, and the intense connection with nature has allowed me to fully embrace and enjoy the changing seasons. This summer has been nothing short of amazing, but I’m now ready to run through autumn and into winter. Bring on the long sleeved tops and chocolate-fuelled long runs!

I have no doubt that the lust to run fast will return – I suspect that it will resurface the moment after I have coughed for the last time. I’m signed up for the Jedburgh Ultramarathon in a month time, and am already getting very excited about that. Sure, I’m not as fit or fast as I was at the start of the year, and very much doubt that I’ll manage another second place finish. Instead, I look at it as my lap of honour; a chance to celebrate a great year of running.

I wish you all peace and balance on this equinox and new moon. Can you feel the changing seasons?

3 peaks autumn(The “Three Peaks”, Jedburgh Ultramarathon)

I am on a journey; with my thoughts, my dreams and my running. Running is my teacher, and with each step I learn a little more about life. I respect the distance but keep testing the limits. I don’t let my demons chase me; instead I am becoming a master hunter. Happiness is not my destination; the journey itself keeps bringing me a wild sense of freedom and unbridled joy. I am on a quest for peace, balance and quiet bliss. I am a seeker, an explorer, a runner!

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8 thoughts on “Turn of the Tides

  1. Chris P says:

    Great post. I’m glad you’re mostly over that chest infection. Good luck with your next race! Amazing photo!

  2. Kristin says:

    SO happy to hear you’re feeling better!! Amazing, inspiring post!! XOXO!!

  3. Chatter says:

    Glad to hear your feeling better. One of these days i need to try no watch running, but then I might just feel too naked. Good post.

    • Thank you, Chatter! It’s hard to run without a watch when you are focussed on performance I think. However, when you just focus on the process, it’s quite easy, because the watch doesn’t actually tell you anything meaningful about that!

  4. Trails and Ultras says:

    I’ve decided to have a recovery month before I start my hardcore winter training: lots of lovely country side walks and some sunday morning jogs. I’m going to treat it as an opportunity to press the mental reset button before starting up with all the hard stuff again 🙂

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