running

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.