And just like that we are a quarter of the way through 2021. I am really trying not to wish this year away, however ticking off the weeks does edge us closer to more milestones in the Government’s roadmap out of the Covid lockdown. I will admit I am very much embracing each change in restrictions now and feel we do need to (safely) edge back to as much normality as possible.
Traditionally April has been a month dominated by a Spring marathon for me, but this year it has obviously been different again. The month of April actually feels more notable for completely non-running reasons. I have been able to return to a little more outdoor community activity which is part of my job. Not only has it been extremely welcomed for me to get out the house on a few more occasions each week, but face to face engagement also feels incredibly welcomed by those I have been working with. In terms of socialising, the rule of six came into play and outdoor hospitality (aka pubs!) reopened. Since this become possible, I have actually been to the pub three times…which is probably more than I ever would normally in one month, and which is probably not in true covid spirit! However, on each occasion it has been such a good way to catch up with friends and just talk… as well as enjoying a couple of gins and fruit ciders. I had not drank anything alcoholic in over seven months, so I have not been going mad by any means! However, it has certainly been good to embrace other aspects of life again.
Back to running, and it’s been another consistent month of mileage for me. Good weekly totals, a few extra speed sessions dropped in, as well as the continuation of Run Club sessions which have returned strongly. I have logged some long runs with friends, including a 20 miler which I felt really strong over. We also had our first track session – which felt fantastic, and my legs did not even hate me too much afterwards!
Looking ahead to May, running will probably continue to follow a similar pattern – which I am very happy with - however the month with hopefully be most notable for being able to visit my family at the end of the month. As long as things go to plan, this will be the first time I will have seen them in nine months. Fingers crossed!