This time last year, I could barely run two kilometres.
I didn’t believe that I was terribly unfit, but I knew I wasn’t at my peak. It was a bit of an eye-opener when I eventually took the plunge and decided to take up running again.
The journey has had plenty of ups and downs. I’ve experienced rapid gains and frustrating plateaus. I’ve been knocked around by illnesses that didn’t ever seem to quit, and worried that I would be right back at step one again.
But I have persisted, and that persistence has paid off.
For the first time in my life, I have run ten kilometres!
I like to think of myself as an intrinsically motivated person. I like to think that, when it comes to my fitness, I get up early three times a week because that’s what needs to be done for me to take care of myself – to make me a healthy person.
Last week I posted my photos from pre-dawn Cronulla. I took the photos with my smartphone after my run. In that post I moaned about not throwing my DSLR into the back of the car, so that I could have captured some better shots.
This week I actually remembered to pack the camera! I’m pleased that I did. The winter sky again put on a show of brilliant colours well before the sun appeared. If this isn’t motivation enough to get out of bed and go for a run, I don’t know what is! Soaking in the stunning scenes along the Cronulla foreshore is definitely the best part!
Last Thursday marked the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere – the winter solstice. From now on, every morning will be just that little bit lighter. The cold will stick around for a while, but there is now the promise of summer on the horizon.