I prepare for running by buying the right clothes.

No more the cotton t-shirt, absorbent and heavy with sweat.

Instead, ultra light fabric, cut to a vest.


A pair of double shorts.

“Double shorts”?

A tight-fitting, stretchy material, housed within a classically styled pair.


A cap, to protect my head from the rain,

Socks, trainers,

Inserts within my running shoes, to protect my precious arches.


Unsure how I am going to transport bottles of water,

I plan hideaway points

In the branches of trees.


It’s been a while since I ran.

Between five and six years.

Initially, it’s going to be a killer.


I understand this.

But there’s only one way I will shift

This expectant belly of a hippo.


For flatness, first will come pain.

And suffering.

But I am ready.


I think

I am ready.

Pretty sure, at least.

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