Went running on Sunday. The regime had to be interrupted a bit, coz I needed to ganti posa the last few days. Days are getting longer, Subuh is already at 4.50 pg, and Maghrib at 7.50 mlm. Technically, fasting time is now longer than Malaysia, but still considered ok. In the winter, yes, the days are shorter, making it theoretically ideal to posa2 and all, but the weather was very harsh on the fasting and dehydrated body (it was cold and dry), not to mention betapa relunctantnya nak bgn bersahur dlm suhu minus2 itu. Summers are nice, but the days are too long and can get very hot. Like it or not, mmg posa in mid summer tahun ni (July/August), so whilst the days are still slightly shorter, baik habiskan posa itu now.
Anyways, back to running, I wish Plymouth wasn't as hilly, sbb I do not have enough stamina to run and climb up the hills at the same time. I never took much notice before, but EVERYWHERE in Plymouth sbnarnya ada inclination. Redah jo la. My strategy now is to run along downhill first if I can, choose the most scenic and longest route going downhill, before making my way uphill again. Tiap2 kali lari downhill, kata2 Mat Sake rings in my ears, 'golek ajo lah, tu pon slow jgk ko?', mocking me, who was undubiously last to reach everytime. I used to run together with a bunch of our mates ptg2 semasa zaman degree dulu. Good times.
Now, I always try to dodge to hill to steep, taking the longer way asal aje landai sket, so that I can run longer. If not, masa mendaki bukit tu mmg jln lenggang lenggok la jawab nya, cannot lari no more haha!
This time I ran through the older part of Plymouth. Some of the pics tu amik atas jejantas lg. Amazing how different a place transforms when you see it from a different angle, especially when you are high above. But would probably not take this route again. Too near the main road, byk hisap asap kereta, not good for the lungs lah, sucking in air like that.
Am thinking of entering a run event, just so that I am tuned in and more focused with running. This Half Marathon Race is held annually in Plymouth. But running 13 miles? er.. pengsan makkk. I don't think so.
Maybe this is more my thing. Plus all girls gitew....
5km orait la kan? Ke too ambitious? I wish my virtual running buddy ada di sini jg, leh run sama2. Wouldn't that be fun, Em?
Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.
-- Evan Esar
Inspiration and perspiration. Magnificent combo :)