I’m on the ferry right now, heading from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) back to Vancouver Island. I’ve just been in Ontario for the last five days – visiting family, as well as attending some writing events for an award that I was short-listed for. I got out on two very short jogs on Monday (one with my 9yo niece!) but, other that, I have been totally rushing around and not getting any exercise at all.
But that’s what’s so great about running – if you’ve got your shoes with you, you can do it pretty much anywhere. I had an hour to spare in the ferry line-up here. By the time I changed my clothes, that gave me about 30 minutes to run. Well, run is perhaps too strong a word… I am sleep-deprived, jet-lagged, and physically exhausted. I jogged. It was not quality training. I felt crappy, and I even walked several times!
But even doing a little workout like that helps. It wasn’t quality training that increased my fitness – but it definitely will help to keep my fitness from slipping backward. I find that I can go up to two full days without running, without feeling my fitness slip. But if I go three days…. then my next run is notable more difficult. Even little ones like this help to prevent that.
And it’s kind of fun, too, seeing a place differently, as a runner. Sure, this was not my most beautiful running route ever. But I got a different view of the water, and the hundreds of herons fishing a long shore. Way better than being bored and waiting in my car for the ferry to board!