Today I wanted to get out for a run when I got home, but I also had 2 library books to return. So, thinks me, why not run to the library, return the books and then run home again. I found the books to return and located a rucksack to put them in. It was possibly a rather large backpack for the size of the books it had to contain, but I decided I didn’t want to run holding a bag in one hand. I’ve not tried running with a backpack before , but thought it had to be worth a go. It was gone 5 by the time I got out, so I went for the full night time running gear – bright outfit and head torch. The torch did decide to work this time, so I could at least see where I was going – even if I had to wait for streetlights to see the Garmin – I never can remember which button turns the backlight on! Just the long way into town, which is downhill all the way. I was not far from the centre of town when the 10 minutes was up, but I decided that as I would have a longer break than just 1 minute (I know the library self service is quick, but it’s not usually that quick – and certainly isn’t when one of the titles refuses to scan and needs to be taken to the desk to be checked back in) I’d run all the way to the library. 13 minutes running, albeit gravity assisted, makes this the longest run stint since I started back again.
I found that 3 books I’d had reservations on were ready to collect, so I now have Sarah Waters’ “Fingersmith” on CD (for listening to in the car), Hannah Kent’s “Burial Rites” and Horace Walpole’s “Castle of Otranto” to entertain me for a bit. The last of these is an edition published in the 1930s and has some relics of past library systems inside. I do love older books, they have so much atmosphere about them, and that’s before you get to read the story they contain. These were stowed in the rucksack, and I headed back home.
There are advantages to living on top of a hill. If the river that flows through town should ever flood, I know that most of the shire will be under water before we are. We get the best of the sun being at the top of the hill. The downside is that it means I have to run home back up hill. urrgh. I made it 7 minutes before I hit the steep section and allowed myself a minute walk. I did then get going again and run home, but I certainly need to get some hills back in the legs – they’re just too much like hard work at present.
Practically, combining the library and the run made sense, but it wasn’t a comfortable experience. Running while wearing a backpack felt really weird. I don’t know if that is related to the fact that the bag was mostly empty, so the books bounced about inside it; or if I move my upper body too much, and the bag is bounding about on my shoulders. I felt I wanted to tighten it further, but it wouldn’t go. I don;t know if a smaller bag would give less sensation of movement, or if having the straps across the body, rather than round the arms, might make it feel more secure. Either way, I’m not sure I want to try that on a regular basis, it was just very very odd. Just 2.15 miles run, but it was a mid week run and I’ve not been getting them in as often as I’d like. Need to keep the discipline up and make the time to run.