Much as I've enjoyed wonderful sunrises, fresh air and birdsong, recent bouts of vertigo, flashing lights and a lack of energy that frequently reduces me to a walk have finally forced me to rest.
|Running tired last Sunday (Click to enlarge)|
I've been thinking about it for a while but a snippet in Alan Sloman's blog by that intrepid long distance walker, Sir Hugh, finally prompted me to steady up. He wrote "I have a theory I think you will applaud that gets you out of all that training nonsense. As a young man it is possible to train and become fitter. There is an age limit (not sure of the exact age, but I know I'm well past it) when training only promotes further deterioration of the body, so it's better to keep what you've got in reserve to cope with the happy project you really want to do". Wise words.
|Happiness - running along the riverbank on Saturday|
Chronic insomnia caused by a hyperactive brain that refuses to switch off is the main cause of the problem. My doctor is unwilling to prescribe sleeping pills. Recommended herbal remedies have proved useless. So, against the wishes of my wonderful partner I've resorted to the internet. Watch this space.
|Male goosander on the Wharfe|
My log book recorded just 18 miles last week but in truth Sunday's 5 mile effort had quite a few walk breaks I wasn't happy about.
|Yarnbury dam, but no frogs|
Redshank, golden plover, curlews and lapwings all contributed to the pleasure of our run as far as the dam at Yarnbury in search of spawning frogs. There were none.
|A few starlings|
We were however treated to a mini murmuration of starlings as we approached the dam, but they didn't hang around long enough to get a decent shot of them. Even if my camera had been working properly...
|An audience of one in Hebden ghyll|
After 31 years of regular running the idea of a break does not come easy. Hopefully it wont last long. I have new vests to show off and shoes to wear out.