This should be the last post before I'll start on writing about my week in Yorkshire, so bear with me - or simply skip this one and wait for the next.
Some of you will remember that one of the many things I like doing in my spare time (but only when the weather is favourable, and never during the colder half of the year) is running, and I am sure I have mentioned before that for the past three years, I have been participating in my hometown's CityRun (a mere 10 km, which is enough for me but something a lot of people run almost every day, and ridiculous to those hardy sportsmen and -women who regularly run marathons - something I do not aim at, since I only run for FUN).
Today, I will show you what I usually wear for running.
The shoes are the new ones I had for my birthday in March.
The yellow zip-up is a firm favourite of mine, several years old, and came at 15 € from a summer sale at an Esprit shop in Stuttgart, I recall.
At the company I worked for until about a year ago, there used to be a time when our bosses would quite often hold a competition for the sales team, with prizes to be won by the team member who'd sell the most of a certain product in a certain space of time. Now, I do like my job, and even if I say so myself, am not bad at it, but I am not ambitious when it comes to numbers - what I like about it is constantly being in touch with people, with the numbers just being a welcome side-effect. So it was quite a coincidence that, three times in a row, it was me who won those competitions at work (good job we were a really good team and there never was any jealousy from the others' part). One of the prizes was a voucher for a sports equipment shop in the town where the company was located. And so one lunch break, I walked over to that shop and got myself the running pants, the aquamarine zip-up and a matching t-shirt (which you can not see in the picture), all three from Venice Beach - not because I am particularly keen on that label, but because they were the right colour and size.
This was in 2004 or so, and both the pants and the zip-up have been through the washing countless times - but they are of a quality good enough to still keep their shape, and I will keep wearing them for as long as I can.
For warmer days, I have a pair of shorter running pants and will run without a zip-up, but at the moment, I don't dare doing that yet.
And for the actual CityRun, I'll be wearing the t-shirt given to me by the gym I shall be running for, with their name on it - not my favourite item (it is rather big), but as they pay my starting fee, they rightly expect me to wear it).
I had an exercise run scheduled for last night, but never went, since it was way too cold for my liking at about 8 Celsius. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer, and as it is a bank holiday in Germany, I will have plenty of time to run - and am looking forward to it!