The slump is over

I went for a run for the first time since the Town Moor Half Marathon this morning. That’s a 51-day winter running slump this year, which Geth reckons is similar to last year. It’s not just because Christmas gets in the way – I think it’s also because I’m burning myself out a bit with long autumn races. This year, I’m going to finish my season with the Great North Run in September (or possibly a 10K no later than mid-October if I can find one that’s relatively local), in the hope that I’ll still feel up to at least the occasional parkrun in December.

Anyway, it did feel a bit like running through cement, but I know I’ll get my fitness back up over the next couple of weeks.

I’ve been able to spend the rest of the day writing, which I really appreciate at the moment. I’ve also been able to get back into my music practice this week after getting lots of new instruments and music books for Christmas! I played ocarina yesterday and ukulele today. Ocarina is very easy and relaxing and reminds me of music class at primary school, while ukulele is more of a challenge (I’ve never really played any type of guitar before) but also more fun.

OOTD 8th January 2019
OOTD: it’s still chilly out, and I’m looking forward to there being more daylight over the next few months! Hoodie unknown brand (2009), t-shirt Lauren Ralph Lauren (modern but bought from Headlock Vintage 2018), jeans Levi (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Pinkfong – Baby Shark
Tomcraft – Happiness
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
Billy Ocean – Love Really Hurts Without You
Rudimental and James Arthur – Sun Comes Up
George Ezra – Paradise
George Ezra – Shotgun
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer

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