Go Buddy Go … ‘Running is tariff free – it’s a contract with you and your inner voice’

By Ronnie McGowan

Running. It’s not rocket science. Imagine yourself walking. Then imagine yourself moving just a bit faster than this.

That’s running.

RONNIE AND BUDDY

Easy: running is like walking but just a bit faster … for most people

Best foot forward, then the other, then again and again, hitting a comfortable tempo on grass, concrete, gravel – any surface will do.

The wonder of running is that it’s tariff free. The contract is with yourself and your inner voice.

You don’t have to join a club; open the front door and the world is your circuit. It may be your street or a park or the open countryside.

It could be anywhere at all that takes your fancy. Feel the air-rush on your face and enjoy the sights while getting fitter.

RONNIE AND BUDDY

Breeze: open the front door and the world is waiting for you running feet

Every human should have a personal constitution which enshrines the right to go out for a run in hail, rain or shine, night or day no matter when.

Running in Glasgow’s West-End is a joy; horizontal from Scotstoun to Charing Cross, yet a detour from the Clyde or Dumbarton Road will bring you face to face with some serious gradients.

Within this topography there will be a route that can satisfy a gentle jog, preparation for a 10k, as well as half and full marathons.

RONNIE AND BUDDY

Route: plan your circuit according to your ability, and enjoy the scenery whilst you’re at it

There are some fine parks in the area, like Dawsholm, lying between the Switchback and Maryhill Road with the Forth and Clyde canal a few strides away. It’s a wooded escape frequented by dog walkers.

My Jack Russell leaps vertically, barking with excitement at the prospect of being let loose among the squirrels,
foxes, the occasional deer and bird life.

ROBBIE AND BUDDY

Pal: Buddy likes to run whenever Ronnie heads out on his daily challenge

I rarely leave the house without him these days. Buddy by name and buddy by nature. He’s been running all his life, eleven years old with a heart murmur reading of 5, on the heart Richter scale of 6, but he’s not quite ready for the quiet life.

Neither am I. I’m un-retired and trying to follow a strict regime of running every day for a year. Join me in 2018 – the year of running relentlessly.