It was a long ago, mid-week afternoon at work when my boss suggested running the Cardiff Half Marathon. Being a spontaneous sort of person, I went with the flow and signed up on the spot. The race seemed a distant prospect which wouldn’t really happen, sort of like your thirtieth birthday when you’re aged twelve or Christmas Day on the First of January.
I’ve recently given away my copy of Inner Running, so I can’t share any quotes from this (until I buy another), but the reading was revelatory and I'd recommend to any runner, particularly new. Porter writes all about running as a means of 'feeding the soul' in addition to being a fitness builder; a way of clearing detritus of daily life from the mind. He advocates starting small, running however far you feel like, as long as it’s regular – even walking is allowed in between running bursts – a massive pressure reliever to the perfectionist and self-pusher! The key to Inner Running is having fun and enjoying the process. If you don’t like time and distance based goals, then ditch them – if you take to running often, then you’ll naturally become faster and run further, over a time period which suits you and both the physical and mental benefits will become evident.
|My shiny new 'Mizuno Wave Nirvana 7s'|
*The dress wasn't a requirement, I just happened to call in after work wearing not very suitable running attire!