Yes! You have read it correctly. Today I started running! 🙂
It was one of those things in my TODO list that I keep postponing indefinitely, but today I decided that it was time to start. I don’t know how much time I will keep running, but I hope it will be for a long time. I’m not gonna run every day, but at least once per week should do. Near my house there is a park with trees and a lake, with a lot of small tracks for horses, bikes and runners. It is an ideal place to run, and it took me only 7 minutes to get there.
Well, basically I want to improve my physical condition so I can perform better at Karate. In addition, it is a way to disconnect from work. The truth is that I’ve never run before. At least not in a systematic way, so to say. I feel it quite boring, but today it felt great. I felt free. I only put my tracksuit, a pair of running shoes, and I attached the front door key to my neck, put my mobile phone in one pocket (to keep track of the time) and a pair handkerchiefs (for my cold) in the other (next time I have to put on some gloves as well, because it was quite cold), and then I rushed outside. I started walking, and then increased speed towards the Delftse Hout, running at my pace, feeling free.
There was almost nobody there, as I the sun was setting down, only 2 or 3 runners, and some people walking. I did a complete circle to the lake, in about half an hour. More than enough for a newbie like me. At the end I was “treguent es fetge per sa boca”.
Next week the lent season starts, so instead of “fasting” (I don’t want to stop eating) I plan on running more and more. The only problem is to find a good time. Maybe early in the morning? Late in the evening? I guess that as the weather improves, it will be easier to do late in the evening. But running before breakfast sounds like a good idea (I will certainly be hungry by then!). Anyway, let’s stick with running “at least” once per weekend. 🙂
This weekend I did a lot of things! On Saturday I cleaned up the kitchen from bottles and paper, bounced some mail, and finally replaced my front brakes. It was time!!!! They were making a horrible noise, and I discovered why. Brake pads were completely worn out, so I was braking metal against metal. The rims are quite damaged. Oups!!! 😦
Next, I went to the library to return some books and study a little bit of Japanese, and when they throw us out (at 17h!!!!) I took a travel guide of Greece and a Dirkjan comic book.
At night I went to the Filmhuis to watch Biutiful, a film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, with Javier Bardem as main character. It was a really good drama, combining several socials problems in one movie: immigration, Chinese mafia, broken families, death… You should go and watch it. In addition, the story is settled in Barcelona, and it aroused some memories from when I was studying there.
This afternoon, after my classical “maxi-omelette” lunch, I’ve just relaxed at home, reading Norwegian Wood and listening to some Jazz. It was sunny, so I could read near the window, enjoying the warmth of the sun. Ummm… Nice! 🙂
Then I went running, came back to take a shower and write this, and now is time to eat again! 😀
See ya next week!
PS: oh, I also wanted to write about my Japanese study plans, but that will have to wait…