Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

The Gallery – Fitness

Anyone that follows me on twitter will know how much of a running addict I am and how generally I am out most mornings at 6am running with the hound. The first step out of a cosy warm bed is tough, more so when it’s dark and cold, but with every step you take away from the house you become more relaxed and excited to be out in the silent town or city.

That hour before the place really wakes up is just great, I love hearing just the sound of my feet hitting the ground and my panting for breath. I very rarely run with any music preferring to drink in the environment instead and just have some thinking time. If you are ever training for a long race I can thoroughly recommend imagining what you would spend a lottery win on, it can keep you busy for ages and the run flies past!

I do of course always have my trusty training partner with me, who ever so easily trots past me when I think I’m running at a decent pace and never seems to tire. He is a handsome chap though so I don’t mind too much.

But running for me is not just about keeping fit it’s the enjoyment of being outside and seeing things you just don’t notice from a car. That’s why if you look at my Instagram feed many of the photos are from runs, trying to capture those moments where the morning light is just perfect. Below are a few of my favourite shots from the past few months, all taken with a couple of miles of home.

  • Kelly Wiffin

    Dogs are the best exercise!

    • The Fool

      definitely, certainly motivates you to get out everyday

  • Louise Lloyd

    Lovely photos! I love those “lost” hours in a morning, such peace and quiet. What a beautiful part of the country you live in.

    • The Fool

      it is pretty fab, love that a mile from home I can be in beautiful countryside

  • jacq

    Great photos. Love the dog photobombing as well!

    • The Fool

      he is very photogenic though isn’t he? :)

    • mutteringfool

      he’s such a handsome chap though that I don’t mind

  • Emma

    A lovely collection of pictures :) x

    • The Fool

      thanks, not bad for a smartphone are they?


    Gorgeous photos x

    • The Fool

      thanks :)

    • mutteringfool

      thanks, certainly worth taking the time to stop and capture the moment

  • notmyyearoff

    Lovely photos – that gym looks very nice!

    • The Fool

      best gym in the world

    • mutteringfool

      best gym in the world!

  • stressymummy

    You do make it look and sound very appealing!

    • The Fool

      convincing you a little?

  • Gemma

    I read this and I could almost, just almost get up at 6 am and do the same. You make it sound and look very inviting. I will remember the lottery win tip – thank you

    • The Fool

      I won’t lie when the alarm clock goes off I often curse it, but once you’re out is great.
      I also quite enjoying running in the dark with a head torch :)

    • mutteringfool

      I won’t lie that first step out of bed is tough, but it’s definitely worth it

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