Ah its been a lovely week of relaxation, despite it actually being quite hard to adjust to not running all day. I feel far more tired and lethargic now I’m not doing anything than when I was running for 8 hours a day. I did however take the advice of several people and have tried to continue running. It has helped; as part of the new James 2.0 I am trying to develop the habit of going for a run first thing in the morning, something I used to hate it. A stunning run along the coastal path between Coogee beach and Bondi beach has certainly helped my retraining.
Oddly, I am a slower runner than when I left for Australia. I think it must be due to the type of running I’ve done, just slow and steady. Fast running is still just as difficult as it was before which is surprising. I guess it just proves the maxim that you have to train specifically for what you want; slow running won’t make you faster, and fast running won’t help your long runs. At least not much, anyway. Food for thought for all you runners out there.
So now I have take an aeroplane (AMAZING CONCEPT) to Cairns in Northern Queensland in search of warmer weather; something I have had some success with. The beach run is now replaced with… another beach run. But this time in a t-shirt! The sunrises are equally fabulous.
Finally just a quick thanks to everyone who bought a copy of my book – North to South: A man, a bear and a bicycle – on Amazon, and a special thanks to all those who said they really enjoyed it! I have decided to write another book around this trip, but as the last one took 6 years I would start with the current one if I were you!
Stay tuned for a ‘tricks and tips’ post coming soon.