The run I nearly didn’t do

Why is it that the runs you very nearly don’t do turn out to be so very satisfying?

Is smug to satisfaction what umami* is to flavour?  Add a soupcon of smug to a run to enhance the satisfaction gained.

Or is it a case of under promise and over deliver?  The run is as satisfying as any other, but because you are expecting it to be a complete chore, you come away pleasantly surprised.

Whatever the reason, tonight was great.  I almost bailed out, but didn’t, and instead ran just over eight miles, including some speedwork with the Windmilers.

And I got to play with my new toy.**


*Umami:  ‘savouryness’, the fifth element of taste (the first four being sweet, salt, bitter and sour).  Found in tomatoes, mushrooms, parmesan, aged meat and mono-sodium-glutamate.

**My fabulous, and apparently highly addictive, Garmin Forerunner 210.


About abradypus

A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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8 Responses to The run I nearly didn’t do

  1. Travelling Hopefully says:

    Oooooh, new gadgetry! How exciting! And, mmmmmm MSG. I think the opposite is also true, the runs that you big up in your head never seem to go right.

  2. You are only the second person, after my teenage son, I have heard the word Umami from. Having transferred the concept to runnning I think I have to agree. Well done for a great run!

  3. Oh and we’d like to add marmite to the list!

  4. fortnightflo says:

    Oooh get you with your 210!! How exciting and a lovely first run with it to seal the bond!

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