Lockdown Lowdown with Elisa Harris

We take a walk with Elisa (@elisasrunningadventures) for her Lockdown Lowdown.

What have you learnt about yourself during the lockdown?

Not to sweat the small stuff, take a deep breath and let it go. That whilst I miss my friends and parents but I actually quite like this life, it’s starting to normalise for me. I’m pretty independent and my husband travels a lot so I’m used to getting spending time at home and keeping busy, I don’t get bored easily.I need structure to my day… winging it just doesn’t work for me. I wish it did but it makes me anxious.

What are you doing to stay motivated?

Lists!! I love a list anyway but even more so now, something quite cathartic about crossing things off. I’ve carried on with a training plan to keep to focused even though I don’t know what I’m training for right now – it’s keeping me accountable.Cooking – I’ve definitely re-discovered a love of cooking and baking… I got a bit lazy about food and it’s good to be thinking about food in a different way as in prepping from scratch and being more aware of not wasting anything, although my husband is concerned
he may need to be cut out of the house after lockdown (his words) 😂

What are you most looking forward to when we get out of Lockdown?

A McDonald’s breakfast, hugging my mum, putting on a dress, coaching at my club, Sunday long run and coffee with my friends.

What rearranged event are you looking forward to doing and why?

SDW50 miler in October – NDW50 was mine and Lou’s (@newfounfoundrunner) A race for this year. We can’t make the new date so transferred to this one. We’ve had some great adventures together and I can’t wait to tackle this one with her, longest race for her to date and I’ve missed our trail banter.

What challenges have you set yourself in lockdown, or for when you get out?

Learning how to do a headstand and hold it, always been too scared to do one, turns out I quite like hanging out upside down.Patience – who knew I’d discover that by doing a 1000 piece jigsaw, normally I would never sit still long enough or get frustrated with it.Getting my CIRF course ready-booked so I can qualify as a coach for my club.Booking Manchester marathon for 2021 to get chasing that gfa time.

What makes you #runhappy?

Right now it’s seeing my husband get more into running – we were sorting out drawers last week and found my old garmins. He charged and reset it and has mapped himself a 3 mile route which he runs 3 x a week with the dog. Loving running with them and seeing
him get competitive with himself or me pacing him to push a bit harder. The dog deserves a medal!

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