The running granny

Running uphill into the wind this morning, I found myself thinking, not for the first time, how running creates metaphors for life. Climbing the familiar hill, I knew that, despite the temporary struggle, the gradient would soon level off and a turn in the road would lead to shelter from the gusts of wind. Picturing the Celtic blessing: may the road rise up to meet you; I was even managing to convince myself that I enjoy running uphill.
It’s been a bit of a struggle to get myself out of the house and run this year. Last year I achieved the major milestone of running my first, and probably my only, marathon. Training through the hottest summer since 1976 was not easy; but the prospect of the 26.2 miles motivated me to work at getting the first 20 of those miles into my comfort zone. To run long distances before the day became too hot, I needed to set the alarm early and to be out running well before my normal breakfast time.
This year, my ambition is simply to keep running and to enjoy the reflective and creative thinking space that the steady pace of running brings to my life. I don’t have a running playlist and I rarely carry my phone. The time I spend running is, for me, simply a time to think and to enjoy the present.
Without the challenge of the marathon ahead of me, it does seem much harder to take that first step out of the front door. Having used #thisgrannyruns for my fundraising last year, I am determined that this granny will keep on running for as long as I am able. Putting the commitment into words may make it easier to achieve.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Traditional Celtic blessing

One thought on “The running granny

  1. Such an inspirational first entry to your blog – the phrase ‘Putting the commitment into words may make it easier to achieve’ is a fantastic sentiment and driver to keep both writing and running.


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