Why do I do it?

I've only been running since July and I do find trouble with motivation at times but I thought I'd share this with all of you who struggle for motivation now and again...

This morning I was away on a business trip at a hotel in Scotland. I hadn't been out for a week and the legs were a bit heavy. Despite the chill, I decided to go for a run. I chose the uphill direction at the end of the hotel drive. The road went round a bend and out of site, so it wasn't long before I realised that it went up hill for a long way!

It was a hell of a slog and I had to take walk breaks, stop and stretch etc. Just to the next turn, I thought. I was struggling, the wind caught me face on as I rounded next bend but I decided to try to get to the top of the hill and see if there was a view into the next valley.

After ten minutes or so, I disturbed a deer in the woods, which took my mind off the work for a while.

Finally, I got to the top of the hill just as the sun reached the top of the one on my left. No next valley, just a flat hilltop and a small wood.

I turned for home and there, spread out before me was the beautful valley I'd run out from, mist hanging in the hollows, fields turning golden in the sunrise.

I came back down that hill like I was a kid, running for the sheer joy of moving, bursting flocks of crows out of their roosts as I went under them, arriving back at the hotel in 13 minutes, having taken 20 to get to the top, and feeling great.

Now I remember why I go running!


  • SP

    Scotland is the most magical, mysterious place on earth to be - and is an inspiration for anything! The mist in the hollows you describe is Scotland to a 'T'..the very essence. It makes you glad to be alive - all my childhood holidays were in Scotland - usually in a tent!!

    I am with you as you bound down from the top of that hill - just as a gazelle would. I can share the energy you felt as you descended...and the satisfaction at the end.

    Do me a favour? Do one for me next time you're there?!

    Easy running to you

  • Nice thoughts!
  • Thanks Jay,

    Not sure when I'm getting up north again (I'm Midlands-based, near Banbury) but I'll definately do an extra 1/2k for you when I get back there!

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