I am certain I am lizard trapped inside a human’s body. When it’s cold, I wake with the intense desire to find a warm rock in the sunshine. Except, it’s too cold for that, even if there were nice basking boulders around. British summertime officially ended with the time change on Sunday, and like clockwork, one season has catapulted me into the next, characterized by teeth chatter, numb extremities and well, doing as the Brits do (yep, I drank tea today, Earl Grey, in fact!).
But one thing I’ve found is that running warms me up, at least for an hour or so, and I’m not picky, I’ll take that hour of warmth when I can get it. I’ve been feeling a bit unwell for the past month or so, but this morning I fought the urge to slack on a run with the best arsenal going during the chilly season: warmth.
So with the dangling carrot of heat to encourage me, I pulled on the mittens and the really yellow warm hat and hit the road. The sun was bright which helped, as did my new discovery. I love running to music, but I hate using headphones when I’m in the road. I once came up with a compromise – one headphone, the hedge-side ear. But, this morning I figured out something even better. My new phone has speakers, yo! No headphones required. I felt a bit strange at first, I’d never do it at the gym obviously, but then I realized there was no one around and it’s not like I hoisted a boombox up on my shoulder for the run, so I let David Byrne sing freely from my breast pocket.
“Strange overtones in the music you are playing…it is strong and you are tough, but a heart is not enough…”
Tra la la, all down the lane. I liked that. I liked that a lot.
Miles traveled for October’s 30-mile Challenge: 27.5 miles down, 2.5 to go
Now playing: Strange Overtones – David Byrne & Brian Eno