A knee shake and a much more sober social media post slowed my career to 10k until 2020 began to feel comfortable.
Days later stupidly go jogging in flat sole Converse My knee was still moaning for that. While I have seen countless medical dramas from Doogie Howser MD to House, I am still, surprisingly, not qualified as a doctor, but I still feel well versed in leg physiology to diagnose my knee as a bit screwed up.
I decided to rest it for a few days. The decision had the double benefit of allowing me to postpone the purchase of another pair of trainers after a single pair was robbed or robbed of me in a gym that I will never visit again.
But in the end the pain subsided and I had no choice but to go shopping for corridors, a process that is now as disconcerting as it always has been. I entered a store dedicated to the sale of such things and immediately faced walls and walls of horribly ugly shoes that were priced from less than € 40 to more than € 200. Since it was still time to sell, there were discounts on all the store, so I randomly brought a pair of Adidas for € 50, below € 113.
Hours later I took them for a walk.
When I reached the end of the road I looked at my exercise tracker again. It still reads 4.2km. Then stupidity died on me.
Like, I suspect, to many people, I find it difficult to adapt the exercise to my day with work and children and the appeal of Netflix and Twitter and chocolate and everything else. But the needs must and, on January 6, I managed to squeeze a small Christmas race in a small window between getting home from work and having dinner.
I was completely black when I set off for Phoenix Park. I have run in the park hundreds of times for many years, but never in the dark and I was immediately surprised by the poor lighting of the place.
As a result, I stayed on the main roads and followed a circuit that led from the door on North Circular Road, passed the entrance to the zoo and then circled the polo grounds and returned to the main road.
The circuit took me 25 minutes and then I left home. When I reached the top of my path, which is Stoneybatter’s longest path by a certain margin, I looked at my exercise tracker. He told me that he had run 4.2 km, so I decided to run to the other end of my path and then return to my house at the midpoint of the street to cross the 5 km threshold.
When I reached the end of the road I looked at my exercise tracker again. It still reads 4.2km. Then the stupid thing died on me, so I ran disconsolately home without measuring my steps, which meant that I could only estimate the distance traveled and the time needed to cover it.
Treadmills, actually gyms in general, bike races and marathons, all great killers
Later that same night, I logged into Facebook where I had published the first of my running articles.
Among the few comments was one of an American woman I met when I was a school girl in Galway. We haven’t talked in more than 30 years and all I know about her adult life is that she became a funeral director on the outskirts of Boston.
This is what he wrote in response to my cheerful article about running.
“More than half of the funerals I work for, starring men in their fifties, are due to heart attacks. Of course, because they think that trying to exercise at random is healthy. Treadmills, actually gyms in general, bike races and marathons, all great killers. Going to a pub and drinking for several hours strangely guarantees longevity. Pearls of Wisdom
And a happy new year to you too ma’am.
– Conor Pope is following the 10 km Get Running course and is writing weekly on how he is doing.
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