Breathing, feet, and baseline pound together as one as Julie reaches the end of the cul-de-sac and jogs onto the scrubland. The music is already loud but ‘Lost and Not Found’ is her favourite ‘Chase and Status’ tune so she fumbles for the volume and pushes it up further, even as she urges her legs to go faster, making her jet black ponytail bob up and down like crazy.
Running is the one thing she can always rely on to relax and invigorate her, although over the last few months she has completely abandoned it. She has needed all her energy to hold on to her sanity instead. This is her first day back running, and although she doesn’t want to push herself too hard she finds the sense of freedom exhilarating.
I wonder what has happened to Julie, to make her fear for her sanity?
It must have been something quite life-changing, to have forced her to stop doing something she clearly loves.
So many joggers and runners listen to personal music, and I can fully appreciate the motivational power it offers, but how safe does that make you or any passer-by, when you can’t hear a car or pedal cyclist bearing down on you? – especially if you are road running!
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