One foot in front of the other
I started running while in lockdown in Warsaw. We were waiting for the opportunity to apply for a new U.K. visa and my mother-in-law decided to start doing the couch-to-5k program. Because literally nothing else was going on, I decided to give it a go as well.
This wasn’t my first attempt at completing it, I had tried many times before. Maybe it was something about being trapped indoors except to go to the grocery store. Maybe it was the fact that Joe Wicks had helped us get into a fitness routine. Either way, this time it stuck and running has become something that I need to do.
When I started, I was in a Warsaw suburb but the practice continued as we moved out of our apartment and into an AirBnB (that was up so many flights of stairs). And it continued when we moved to another AirBnB in the financial district.
At this point, as I try to claw back the fitness I lost over Christmas and New Years, running is one of those things that keeps me sane. I have to use my brain intensely for work and studying. The running means I am tired in a complete way. It means that I’ve earned the right to say ”tha mi sgìth at the end of the day. Generally, it feels good to know that I’ve done the work. It doesn’t feel that way at the start or in the middle, but work completed is satisfying.
I’ve figured out a couple of things as I continue to learn Scottish Gaelic.
- Writing down vocabulary words, even if I don’t review them, helps a lot with retaining them. I’m still not great, but having a notebook with the words is really useful.
- Even though I’m the only one in my family learning it, I am finding that the landscape and the weather are giving me plenty of opportunity to practice saying things and pointing things out. Almost like the language reflects the land.
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