Last year, after watching the Olympics, I decided I really ought to start doing some kind of outdoor exercise. So when September arrived, I dug out my running shoes (which had been gathering dust since the previous time I was inspired by the Olympics, four years earlier) and started the Couch to 5K programme. Although I hated it for the first eight weeks (and I mean seriously hated it), it finally came together in the last four weeks of the programme. Since then I have been running at least 5km at least three times a week.
My running has also opened the way to some new photographic opportunities. I use my iPhone to track my speed and play music, which means I always have a camera with me when I’m running. And because I run first thing in the morning, which is one of the best times of the day to take pictures, there has been no shortage of opportunities. I’ve particularly enjoyed watching the seasons progress over the past few months. I love the sight of a sunrise in the park with a hard frost, or the mist clearing over the river Thames, with the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf in the distance.
I often run with two of my friends, who have been pushing me to run further and faster. When I stop to take a picture, they keep going, and I really have to work to catch up! Running has given me new opportunities to take pictures, and those new opportunities have helped motivate me to keep running. Photography has become part of my exercise routine. Now, if only I could incorporate film photography as well. I’m going to try taking my smallest film camera, my Contax T3, with me one morning.