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New Words, New Skills
Luce Smith, Features Writer
commuting photo by fsse8info
This week, I have been mostly trying........rucking. It's been an interesting few days I'll tell you! Basically, if it's a new term for you, it's walking, or running, with a rucksack. I decided to give Percy a rest, and use my legs for transport.

Sadly, day one didn't go off to a good start. I was faffing whilst getting ready to leave the house, and when I went to lock the front door, I couldn't lock it.
I wiggled the key, pushed the door, slammed the door, even kicked the door, but the key wouldn't turn :(

I could feel my heart rate increasing. I tried the above for a second time, but still no joy. I decided to try from the inside, and after slamming it and holding it shut, I got it to lock. Phew. I bolted it up, and went through to the back of the house to use the back door instead. I had to clear out the stuff in my porch to get to the door, but got out, locked up, and trotted off.

As I was running, I began to doubt myself. It's only 2.25miles, but I'm late, and this is my first attempt. If I miss the train, the next one's in an hour, or I get a taxi. Yikes. Would I be better running back and using Percy after all? No, come on legs, keep going. The rucksack was comfortable, but strange having over 2kg on my back. I looked at my watch, and felt my heart sink. What a bloomin' start to the day! Not liking this at all! Then I got up the last uphill stretch and made it to the platform with 4 minutes to spare.

Oh. My. Word.

Note to self, set off in good time to enjoy the run, not be stressed about time, and think about packing less in my bag! Still, Garmin said (other brands are available) that I was on target to reach my daily goals, and it wasn't even 7am, so I cheered up.

Also by Luce Smith...
Diversion
Time Flies
The Full Monty
Runnin' In The Rain
Spiders
I learnt a new word today, corroboration. I saw it and almost highlighted it as a typo. Until I checked it out and realised I'm no word master! It's real!

I also learnt how to really elbow your way onto a train. I kind of want to liken it to power walking with hand weights that you sometimes see people do (I know, I mean soon another fashionable exercise will be all the rage, but until then, let the weights be with the walkers.....but not me, I look daft anyway, so giving added reason for folk to laugh just isn't on my wish list!).

But back to the elbow power, it's a real shoulder arm move, with attitude, and that's the key. You have to own the move and the action. You have to play it strategically, and forcefully, and with total confidence. You can't just edge in with a bit of an elbow nudge, you have to think about the move about to take place, see where you want as your destination/goal, work out your elbow technique, then power in without looking back.

I have tried a few times to do this, but not realised the actual skill behind it, so given my next opportunity, I dived in, and landed as planned. I felt ever so proud of myself I almost wanted to thank the crowd, but I didn't of course, I just sat with my head held high whilst the majority of the commuters were standing in the aisles. Smug me!

Rucking and elbowing is yet to be a skill to learn, but I am going to work hard on it that's for sure! Should elbowing then be in line to be an Olympic sport I wonder? Such fun!
New Words, New Skills, 18th April 2017, 9:07 AM