As the mind wanders when each day merges into the next (and I have to really think what day of the week it is) I've started to think what it is I miss as a result of the lockdown and what I don't miss (in no particular order of importance):-
- Parkrun - I know I can go out and run 5K, but I miss the weekly gathering. It's a combination of the competitiveness, trying to get a decent time, but also the social aspect. We would always stay for a coffee and a natter with other runners afterwards.
- Club team mates - I've only been running formally with a club for 2 years, but I miss that camaraderie, gathering for our league races, the banter.
- League races - the league would have been starting in earnest now. It gave a focus a couple of times a month and is a great way to run different distances on different terrains.
- Racing in general - I did a lot of events last year and it was good to have the focus of a race coming up. Although I'm probably doing more runs now, basically because it's the only thing I can really do, I have to say it's not really the same when you don't have anything to aim for.
- The gym - I was getting into the gym a couple of times a week and enjoyed doing a different form of exercise. I feel as though I've lost a bit of tone and the weight loss I've experienced over the last 5 weeks I think is down to muscle loss rather than fat loss.
- Family and friends - I've not seen my Mum for 6 weeks now, having decided that as I was commuting it was too risky. She's 91 and in a retirement home and I'd visit her once a week. She's well, but I feel like I've been denied precious time with her. Similar with other family members, friends and work colleagues.
- Nero's - well going for coffee in general. I would go for an early morning coffee after going to the gym, just to give me a bit of time to relax before starting work. I also miss going for a coffee and a chat with colleagues at work. We tended to get more sorted out doing that than in any formal meeting.
- Being able to do something other than just sit at home, exercise or shop for food.
What I'm not missing:-
- Commuting - not having to get up at 5am, the 4 hours round trip on a train and then not getting back home until nearly 7pm. Also the stress of trains not running on time, or not running at all.
- Traffic noise - the streets are so quiet now, it is rather nice hearing the birds sing.
- The general rush - before everyone seemed to just be in a hurry all the time. Now people seem to be demonstrating patience and that feeling that if you have to wait for something then that's the way it is. People also seem far more amenable at the moment. I've said hello to more people in the street over the last 5 weeks than I had done before.