Tales of a City Girl

The pros and cons of running training

Sorry for the long delay on posts. Since my ankle sprain I have also been getting over a bug and consequently all my time and effort has had to go on feeling sorry for myself, sleeping in until 2pm and listlessly scrolling through the Daily Mail sidebar of shame. It’s been full on.

But today I decided enough was enough and I was going to attempt to go for a run, even if I had to call an Uber to pick me up half way round. And I was shockingly slow. Kind of 12 year old asthmatic on their first school cross country race slow. At one point I considered whether my walking pace would actually be quicker. But it gave me a lot of time to think about my next blog post – so here we go – the highs and lows of running.

Pros –

1. It’s free

You don’t need a gym to run and you don’t need to work to anyone’s exercise class schedules. If you want to, you can go whenever you’d like and not pay a penny to anyone for the privilege.

2.You see the area around you in a different way

If I didn’t run, there would probably be great swathes of riverside paths and woods and greenery and groves that I would never bother exploring properly because buses don’t pass through it. I know how South West London fits together a lot more since taking running seriously and I haven’t needed an Oyster card to do it.

3.It gives you time to think and be by yourself

I’ve never been the kind of person that loves team sports, apart from maybe badminton (does that count?) I work in a team and talk to people all the time in my day-to-day life and I am pretty sociable – but I also love there being an area of my life I don’t have to talk to anyone for however long I want. I can listen to Justin Bieber as loud as I like through my headphones, scamper along and don’t even have to smile if I don’t want to.

4.It burns lots of calories

Although strangely, still not enough for me to lose any weight. It’s a conundrum.

5. Lycra is weirdly flattering

Seriously, it’s like a miracle fabric. No-one looks bad in Lycra trousers, honestly.


1.It takes you no time to lose your fitness

After 3 weeks off from running I feel like I might as well be starting from scratch. On my run, my limbs were heavy, my back was sweaty and I was crawling through the kilometres. If you can’t commit to it, don’t do it.

2.You will end up spending money somehow anyway

Hydration belt anyone? Energy gels? How about a nice foam roller? If these words mean nothing to you, be grateful. I spent about £15 on a tightly packed tube of foam to roll over my muscles (which by the way, hurts like hell to do). The hydration belt makes me sound like I’m shaking some giant water-based maracas as I run. And if you want to take it all seriously, you will have to cross-train (swim, cycle) too which involves more of an outlay.

3.The smallest injury can set you back

Did I tell you I sprained my ankle? I don’t think I’ve mentioned it to anyone. I jest. I’ve mentioned it A LOT. But it has been very frustrating to be hampered by this hunk of muscle at the end of my leg, which still three weeks on, randomly swells for shits and giggles, and stops me sleeping comfortably on my front or wearing any nice shoes. All this because of one misjudged step.