Today I ran in the Balmain Fun Run for the second year in a row.

Generally when I force myself out for a run it’s a slow 3km. I’ve only run the 5km distance 5 times in the last 6 months and the last time was in September. I blame getting back on the wine for my general indifference.

My aim for today was to beat last year’s time, which wasn’t hugely great, but my prep for this has been pretty much non-existent.

It was quite hot this morning and the course has a couple of hills – both of which made running a challenge. Half way through and I was pretty sure that I was going to get nowhere near my target time – particularly as I walked part-way up a rather nasty hill. 

So I was gob-smacked to discover that I was only 3 seconds slower than last year, and I beat more people!

Afterward I was completely knackered which made me realise how much I cruise in my “regular” running. Hopefully I’ll be able to put a bit more effort in now that I have flicked drinking.

I spent the remainder of the day cooking up a storm – soup for the freezer, strawberry yoghurt cake and a roast chicken. No wine and suddenly I can do all the things!

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