Thursday, 22 February 2018

Where Is Spring!?

Hello blog readers.

So there I was, texting people early this afternoon, just to shock them into thinking about running tonight at track. Also Texting NaggyNeighbour at 7:30 pm this evening, to find out if she is coming to track with me today. Well guess what, both blew me out.  I seriously nearly had a case of nomatitus, pronounced no-mate-itus!  This is a serious disorder, and it can affect you imediately after calling on friends and or family, to go running with you only to find out that no one wants to go with you!  The disease can render the victim almost unconscious if they make said calls and or text messages from a recliner chair! But I fought back, took the desired medication and action to fight against this awfulness, a sip of water, and change into running gear, and out the door! Blimey, if the nomatitus don't get me the blimmin cold will! Oh my goodness, it's freezing!  I was walking up the path saying to myself "Go back home, go back home now!" I was saying it out loud!  Thankfully I managed to get to my car before that happened. I drove on to the track, with my music, Disturbed, playing very loudly!

There were quite a few people there, the The Pond family, with assistantJuniorCoachPear, assisting PhysioMikeTheMod.  Now I know that I have finally put nomatitus on the back burner as I heard all my mates say "Hi" to me.  And now to try and remember what the session was......how was going to do that I don't know, my brain cells were frozen!  But I knew that PMTM would remind me.  The session was 2 x 1600, followed by 2 x 800 and then I am sure there was something after that. Anyway, for me it was 2 x 1200 then 2 x 800......if I can fit them in the time that we have.  We had our warm up lap, but to be honest I was not warmed up at all!  I just couldn't seem to 'feel it', I tried hard as I could, I didn't stop running.  My legs and ankles we not happy with me!  I got a little twinge in my right ankle, just a little niggle, like I had twisted it, which I knew I hadn't of course, it was just that I was trying too hard, on cold legs, I think.  Of course the coaches, Pear and MikeTheMod were very encouraging, as I ran pass them, I am sure that PMTM even said "4 hours 30" or something like it, to me, I am sure he had miscalculated, there was no way I was running that fast, I was way to cold! Maybe that is wy my legs and ankle were twinging! The time he calls out is the speed that you would cover the marathon at if you kept it going for all 26 miles! 

PMTM then pulled us all out of the warm up laps to get ready for some sprinting warm ups. He had set up 3 lanes with cones, we were to accelerate to the first, hold the speed and then jog back to the beginning, and do it untill PMTM said "Time up", I really struggled with that!  I even missed a couple of sprints so that I could recover!  I can't wait for the spring! I ate the cold!

Then we started our session, I still had cold legs......cold ankles, cold feet, cold body and arms, and my ears, they were so cold!  But then I though about PhysioMikeTheMod and AssistantJuniorCoachPear, standing at the start, cheering and encouraging and praising and correcting and advising and coaching each one!  They must be freezing! So I stopped feeling sorry for myself, and feeling lazy....well as much as I could while I was feeling cold, and really tried to do as much of the session as I could.  As I was running around everyone was saying "Well done Old Girl, keep it up", it really is  just what I need to hear on my track sessions.  Yup, deffo not got nomatitus now!  Love it!

I managed to do two lots of the 1200 one 800 and then one 400!  Not quite the full session, but then that's me all over!  I am not quite the full session, a sandwich short of a picnic as they say!  I must be!  Out in the freezing cold running around the track!  Mind you, maybe I shouldn't say that, not with at least 30 others out here running around a track!

I felt really good afterwards, knackered, but really good.  I then started to think about food! Ah! Now, that is why I was not feeling it, I just remembered what I had for my lunch this afternoon, pie n mash, oh but it was lovely, but probably not the best pre track lunch to have!

So Geeky stats for you, I remembered to do lap thingy too!

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Club Run - Feeling Fine!

Hello blog readers.

It was just me in the car this evening, Tracy is still recovering from a cold and Karin being laid low with a headache so my music went on! Loud! Very Loud!  I am still well into Disturbed!  Just love this band, my favourite song, the song that introduced me to the band is 'Sound of Silence', epic cover followed by 'Never Wrong' another epic track!  Only to be listened to at full decibels!  It set me up for my run this evening.  I had planned on doing some hills but then I saw Wendimoo had joined us.  I remembered her pain during parkrun on Saturday and decided to do the nice and gentle route.

We were missing some of our regular group 1's, Tracy, Auriol, Kay and Carole! Darn the cold virus, and general life getting to us!  But we still had a fabulous 8 runners in our group, J.J. was sweeping.  I thought I would really try and keep on top of the pacing, keep it at the advertised pace, the running sections that is.  I didn't do too badly, occasionally going way to fast and then running way to slow.  with the stops however we still didn't quite manage to keep the average under 15 m/mi.  I would like to keep our group to at least 14 - 14:30 avg.  Now there's a challenge for me!  Lets see if I can do it!

It was a great run, everyone chatting away, I do love our club run, is more social than anything.  When we want to push ourselves then we can either enter a race, do a parkrun or go and push ourselves on the track!  I must try harder this week to make sure that I don't suddenly come down with sofaritus, commonly known as can't-be-arseditus!  It comes and goes!

But this evenings run I really enjoyed it, the company was great, even the weather wasn't too bad....yes it rained but only when we were less than a mile from the rec.  It wasn't cold, that would have really made the horrible, but just a gentle misting.  The rain may have even helped us to move along just a little bit quicker!

And so, another run done, another evening that I could quite have easily climb under my blanket and vegged in front of the telly, but knowing that I am needed out there, to crack the whip, to inspire to.....well, to just have fun with my friends is what gets me out there on cold, dark, damp evenings!

Here's our geeky stats for tonight's run

Monday, 19 February 2018

Running - I have been doing it! Honest

Hello blog readers.
The face of a runner, not a jogger!

As the title suggests, I have been running, just not as much as I usually do due to things happening and......'can't-be-arseditus'.  Quite a serious thing that is, it makes you just want to sit under your blanket and watch t.v.!  I just think to myself thank goodness for my running club, because I do get out then, I am leading, so I need to be there.

The runs that I haven't logged are my Thursday 8th February morning solo run, Solo run for the 15th February and m parkrun, just this Saturday gone!  I know, I have a lot of catching up to do!  There is also quite a few days missing from running, for those of you who may be scrutinising how many days I am writing about!  There's a Tuesday missing and a parkrun missing, and a couple of Thursday evening runs missing! Tut tut!  But that dreadful disease that runners hate just over took me, 'Can't-be-arsedites'!

I need to get back to discipline!  I need to kick myself up the backside again!  Anyway, Thursday 8th, I ran.....and I enjoyed it.  I had to run early because I needed to be elsewhere, and usually our Thursday runs get back just that little bit too late.  I decided that I would do my Thursday solo runs, if I have to do a solo run, at Normans Park.  It's a great little route, I know exactly how far it is, and I can push myself each time, get back, clean up and get to where I need to be! I was just so pleased when I looked at my Garmin after it peeped at the 3 mile and I was so pleased when I saw that it said 36:03 mins!  Ok, so park run we add on that little bit extra, but still, 36:03 for 3 miles, I could live with that!

My next run was Thursday again,  I had missed out on my club run because I was 'captured' at Kings College Hospital waiting for transport home with Kirsty!  Oh my goodness, over 4 hours waiting, after the transport was booked in the morning!  Sheesh!  So, I didn't get to run then, Thursday morning I again needed to be with Kirsty early, so I opted for Normans Park again.  Let me see if I can beat the clock again to the 3 mile mark!  I pushed, I nagged, I tried to be kind (you know, things like it's been a hard week etc) but I wasn't sure I had it in my legs.  Have I lost just a little bit, sitting around, eating, etc.  Well the 'scores on the doors' will tell!  And, tell they did.  The three mile mark and boom! Quicker! only by seconds, but it's quicker! Pleased with that!

Next one is parkrun, last Saturday.  I went with NaggyNeighbour, I knew there were going to be a few mates not showing up for this parkrun, so I thought I might just try and knock a few seconds off from what I have been doing.  It's a bit harder during parkrun time as there are loads of runners infront.  A lot of weaving, ducking and diving out o the way.  But then as we were walking along I spied Wendimoo!  Whoop whoop, she is back!  It was so good to see her!  Of course I had to run with her.  She has lost her mojo too, it's been a bit of an epidemic!  Carole and Michael were there, and Charley and Debs, and loads of others that run in the faster groups.  It was also a few milestone runs for people, 250, 100, of course that means cake at the end!  Usually the faster runners get there first, I was hoping that maybe one of the milestoners was a slower runner!  I may have a chance of getting a bit of cake!

Me and Wendimoo ran the whole way around chatting, oh how I have missed Wendimoos chattering!  But I was concerned about her pain in her hip.  She wouldn't let off though and kept going.  We chose trees to run to then have a walking break and then get back to the running.  We were doing really well, Wendimoo has missed quite a few parkruns while she has been oop north, mind you I don't blame her, her local parkrun had a couple of cheeky little hills in there!  As we were approaching the last short straight towards the finish funnel I said to her to keep it steady, don't speed up, no sprint finish this time round!  Did she listen to me? Did she 'eckers like! "I having him" she said as she spied a chap in front of her, "I'm passing him" And she did, but she still wasn't satisfied, she still kept on going faster!  I then saw her next race, I knew she was going to take the next runner! And she did!  She don't listen to me, "Take it easy, no need to speed, remember your hip!"  Then she started to pull away from me, I was running faster, she certainly wasn't taking my advice about taking it easy!  So I just had to do it!  I just started to run faster.  Now if you know Wendimoo she has these long legs, she can cover more ground than me with her long stride, I was going ten to the dozen to keep her just behind me!  And I did it!  We both beat the lady that Wendi raced, and I am sure she was trying to sneak in front of us when we were in the funnel "Stay in order that you came in" I heard one of the funnel managers say!

It was a good run, Wendi had run the faster parkrun that she has done in a while, but of course Norman Park is a nice flat route! I have put the parkrun geeky stats up, but if you click back then you will see the other runs. 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Moving On Up!

Hello blog readers.
This is us, Group 1!

Just before I get chatting about my club run, just a quick gloss over my parkrun on Saturday!  I know, I forgot to blog it!  I had a bit of a head on! Me and the Old Boy went out for a couple of sherberts the night before!  Still, I managed to get up a do a parkrun, I didn't beat my time for this year, but I have a plan now.  When I want to chase a PB then I have a alcohol free Friday!  It's only right!  So geeky stats for my park run.......oh yes, it's on strava,  I also forgot to put my Garmin on, so it was 3.1 mi, pace 11:59 mi, time 38.03 mins.

And now it's club time.  I was leading, and it's also move up week and I am sure you all know what that means? It means that I kind of push my regulars in Group 1, just once a month, to go just a little bit harder on one of our easy routes!   Only a little be bit hard, lets see if we can't beat our own record for this particular route!  I am sure if we try we can!

Tracy and Ade made their own way there and me and Naggy made our way to the rec.  We entered the rec with all the rest of our brilliant members.  My goodness there are just so many of us now!  We are growing and growing each week, I am sure of it!  DiscoRich was the announcer this evening and introduced the leaders, and today, all the leaders seemed to be lined up ready to be introduced!  It made for a much smoother transition from group leader to group leader.  We all gave our routes out and pace and then gathered our members together!

We were last out of the rec, and for the first part of our run I kept it nice and slow, as we warmed up.  It's not good pushing hard with cold muscles, just as we left the rec we took on another runner.  She was just a tad late and she decided that she would run with us, Clare is her name, her usual group is group 7!  I hope we can help her to have a good run this evening! We took it nice and easy up Kingsway, sending the faster runners back down to the back of the pack to keep warm while we waited for the catchup.

To be fair, I thought I was not going to be 'feeling it' tonight, it was just so cold!  I hate being cold!  I was also being rather vain too.  I had my hair done yesterday and I didn't want to scrape my hair up and shove it in a smelly old cap, so I was out running with my hair flowing in the wind and not hat!  I was going to be feeling something, and that was blimmin cold! Still, we are going to be working a little bit harder this evening, in honour of Move Up Week.

As soon as the sweepers had got to us then we started off again.  As I said, we are going to be working hard! We ran to the walking bridge and ran as quiet as mice over it.   I must say, they were all very good with the quiet running!  We continued our run, trying to keep them all together as I encouraged them all to just push that little bit harder, getting the sweepers to push a little bit harder!  We got a pb to get!

By the time we got around Crestview Drive I was really enjoying this run.  The group of ladies were all enjoying it, chatting, walking if the felt the need, and doing loop backs if they had the energy.  I was nicely warmed up, not warm enough to take off a layer, but just happily warm.  I was thinking again what a brilliant club I run with that they could make me a leader!  Because I know, if I didn't have this club then I wouldn't be out here running in the cold.  It's discipline.  I was reminded at my church about what discipline is.  It comes from the word discipleship, meaning learning.  So when we got out and do something, disciplining ourselves, we are actually learning.  Learning what we can do, how much we can actually push ourselves.  Learning that we need to keep on trying, keep on seeing what we can do! Well, that's what I was telling myself as I ran along today.  I need to be more disciplined on my parkruns!  And other things as well!  It's weird what you think about on a run, isn't it.

Anyway, we carried on our run, all the way along Crescent Drive and down and up Shepperton Avenue.  Stopping for catch up's at each crossing of roads.  We ran to the Off license and crossed over, just as another group got there too.  "Why don't Clare run with this group, they could be faster than us" someone said, and then I said "They could also be Orpington Road Runners" because they also run on a Tuesday night!  As it happened they were Orpies, so just as well she didn't join them!

With just the last couple of roads left to do, everyone was running brilliantly.  I felt as if we really did have our own 'move up' week as it felt as if we had run harder than we normally do.  It was a good run, I am sure everyone enjoyed it!  Back to normal pace next week, and maybe even some of the others feel they will be able to move up to group 2!

Here's our geeky stats.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

I Didn't Wanna Do It, I Didn't Wanna Do It!

Hello blog readers.

It's double day again today and I managed to get the two runs in. I really was feeling it, but I did it.  Even this evenings run I wasn't feeling it, but I am glad I went out. The first was this mornings run with the group 1er's at 09:30.  The usual 8 runners were there, IllustriousLeader, Tracy, K, PinkLadyJo, Auriol and Paula.  We went somewhere different last week and I decided to go somewhere different today!  I have been meaning to do run around Jubilee park for some time now, but after the railway pulled the bridge down I had to wait for over a year to be able to do this route.  It's the route that we had done when we had a mob match last year, only this time we are starting from the rec, I am hoping that it will be about 5k from the rec, do the loop only once and then back to the rec.  Then come summer time I can take them all this way!

Of course, it was raining, and there for a bit sticky, actually is was a lot blimmin sticky!  It was a slow slog through the mud and in hindsight I should have gone along the road  to Little Thrift and then tuck into the park from there.  I like going over the 3 bridges though and I was looking forward to using the new bridge!  I took the group through Dog Poo Ally and then the left path that runs along side the rail lines.  Oh my goodness, so sticky and muddy!  I was loving it but it's not everybodys cup of tea!  I had my tatty old trainers on, the ones that are ready to be scrapped as soon as I get a new pair of trainers......or do I buy myself some trail shoes as well as some new trainers!  I shall have a serious think about that!

The new bridge looked lovely and sparkly new, I took a picture of us all on there,  well, Kay took this one with me in it,  there was no place to put my phone to grab a self timer picture, blimmin new bridge!  marshaled by our lovely PWR's during the mob match!  IllustriousLeader, I am sure, will be able to remember too, as well as some of the other ladies too, between us we will get around it!
l to r
Carole, Ariol, me Illustrious Leader
Paula, PinkladyJo and Tracy
(K was takaing pic)
But at least now we have our connection back from Little Thrift to Jubilee park! And now comes the tricky bit, I wasn't quite sure of the route, last time I did this route it was

It was a great run, I was really enjoying it, even all that mud, I ran when I could and when it was just to slippy then I walked!......Blimey, I sound like Forrest Gump!  "When I was hungry, I ate, when I was tired I slept, and when I had to.....you know... I went!"  And that was our run this morning!  It was only that first bit, in Petts Wood that was the most stickiest, some parts in Jubilee park was very wet and muddy too, but at least there was a way around these bits!  I really enjoyed my run through the park, so did IllustriousLeader and the rest of the girls!  I can't wait to do this in the summer with group 1, I am sure they are going to enjoy it to.  I decided that we would not run back over the the bridge though and continue along Tent Pet Lane and the then go through the car park over the bridge!  It turned out to be a perfect 3.21 miles!  I just hope I will be able to remember it for the summer months,  I may have to do this route a couple more times on a Thursday morning!

Here's our geeky stats.



And now to our track session.  PhysioMikeTheMod wasn't there today, but he had trained up a fantastic coach for us from last week, ActingHeadCoachPear!  I wonder if she will be as tough as PMTM!  We did our usual warm up 10 mins running, and then the session started.  For the faster runners they had to run around, well loads more than me, I had to do 2x1200, 2x800 and then 2x400 with the rest in between or 90 seconds.  Already in my head I was thinking to myself, "Well I did go out running this morning" meaning "I may not do as well as I should do" I wonder if that is what Naggyneighbour was talking with the whole chocolate biscuit's thing?  Getting to track this evening was a blimmin mission.  I was all set, raring to go, I told the Old Boy that I was going out, he told me that it's cold and wet out!  But I was still determined to go.  I text Naggy to see if she was going "It's pouring down" she said.  I hadn't actually seen it out side, "So, you're not made of sugar" I said back to her.  Well, that's all that it took "Ok, yes we are going running" she sent back to me.  It was only then that I had noticed just how hard it was raining outside! "Oh darn it!" I thought, it's really pouring outside!  But I had made Naggy agree so I had to go through with it.

I got ready for a wet run, so did Naggy.  By the time we were ready to go it had stopped raining!  No time to dress differently now, I just had to go with what I had on.  We drove to Normans Park track and paid our £4.20 to use the track.  We walked up to the top of the track to be met by our club.  It' was then that we found out that PMTM wasn't there today, but JuniouCoachPear and me 'put in charge' of encouragement and motivation, she was ActingHeadCoachPear today!  She did such a great job last week I am sure she will rise to the very important role with total ease!

I started my Garmin up for the 10 min warm up lap, I am recording as muc as I can today.  I had a feeling I want to record every inch I take!  We were soon ready to start,  Naggy and Michele said that they would run with me on the warm up lap, but they were always just a little a head of me, I was working hard to keep up with them, but not so hard that I would have been to knackered to enjoy doing the session.  The ten minutes tempo run done and now for the session.

It was tough going, I completed the first two 1200's.  I had a stitch on that last lap and I was really trying to push hard on myself.  I was even telling myself to move, "Come on, come on, keep going" .  With every passing of CoachPear I got a great encouraging "Go Old Girl, you doing good"  I think she was even doing some cheer leading moves as she did a handstand to go with it!  I was just so pleased that the two long laps had done,  the rest of the group were already on their 4x800's that's what they had to do, they were so going to be finished before me, even with me doing less laps than them.  That's when Naggy said maybe only do one 800 and then do the two 400.  Yep, I think that would work, so that's what I did.

I was knackered.  I really wanted to slow down, at one point on that last lap I could feel my calf getting tired, I could feel it just starting to cramp up.  I wasn't going to like that, no way!  I just slowed down a bit while it subsided.  I was pretty sure that I sorted it before it got worse.  I picked up the speed again and just kept going.  I had remembered to do that whole lap thing on my Garmin, there is a bit (lap 2) where I got a bit confused and I had forgotten to turn it on again on one of the laps, but I only missed out about 100 meters.  But if you look at them splits, it's not so bad.  Each 1200 was more or less the same, (I was quicker on the second) I only done 1 800 and then those last two 400's were more or less the same too!  Yup, I am pleased with, I am not sure if that is good or not, keeping the same pace, but I felt pleased.!

Here's the geeky  stats for this session!  Oh and by the way, me and CoachPear, well we did the cool down stretches at the end!

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Colourful Club Run!

Hello blog readers.

I was looking forward to my run this evening, I am afraid I had over done the relaxing bit today!  Getting up late, lunch with the  FavouriteMiddleChild and the pooch!  We even had a pudding!  It was so good! So I really did need to run, also there is this up and coming half marathon in a couple of months too!  So hills are the name of the game today.

I didn't have to pick anyone up today, Naggy wasn't running, Tracy wasn't running, so I just drove straight to J.J.'s house to walk to the rec with her.  She has got some shoe lights for some of the ladies in group 1, we are going to look so colourful as we run around the streets of Petts Wood!  I remembered to take a picture of us all before we left the rec, here, take a look.


As usual we gave our announcements for each of the groups, and then we all went to our spots to wait for the gatherings!  I had ten of us in group 1, a great number for a damp, chilly January night!  My route was to go to St Georges Road, and then along to Chislehurst Road.  I should have looked at my maps, as I completely forgot which way I went last time.  I was just a tad confused, but I was in the right direction.  Anyway, after our count up we started our run, a nice gentle start, just to warm up at first, then I hoped to pick up the speed at bit, just to see what we can get out of ourselves.

Our first hill was going up Petts Wood road till we get to Ladywood Avenue. It was then that I started to think, "Hmmm, I really didn't need to get the group to run up here!"  I won't tell them, I won't say anything, I will get to St Georges road from here.  The thing is, I couldn't quite remember which way it was and Selena told me how to get to St. Georges, so much for me getting away with them not noticing.  Still, we have done an extra hill that really didn't need to be there, Petts Wood Road!

I ran up to the top of that road with a couple of other group 1's, Gemma and K.C. and I think Carole made it up there in one go.  We waited for the back sweepers to get up to us, which was J.J. and Auriol today, as Tracy and K were not here.

I followed Selenas directions to St Georges after running along Ladywood, and now when I look at my geeky stats, I realise where I had went wrong,  I should have actually ran up Willet way instead!  Oh well, we love a challenge!  The group was keeping together quite nicely, we had to have catch ups stops, but when we were running we were running at 12:30 m/mi which is the top end of our group pace!  I was quite proud of them all. 

I wasn't taking the group back to the rec yet, so after we had run along St Georges Road we turned left and then ran along St. Johns Road to Chislehurst Road.  We turned right to run along to Crofton Road.  More hills, only ever so slightly undulating, but it is a great work out!  We all got to the Off License and had a catch up and little breather.  Just one more mile to go from here, if we go under the bridge, but I wanted to take them along the high street and over the walking bridge.  It's a lot nicer anyway, then we can run along to Towncourtt and down Kingsway, one more hill to finish, but a nice downhill one!

It was a good run, I enjoyed it, and I am sure everyone else did too.   Heres our geeky stats.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

ParkRunning - Lets Chase The PB's

Hello blog readers.

I am deffo chasing my pb for my parkruns, ok so it's my pb for the year at the moment, but then I will try and try to get nearer to my proper pb.  I love parkrun, I have a few left before the beginners course starts up in March, so need to start working harder.  Naggy and I drove to pick up Tracy and then we went on to Normans park, where we met up with all our friends.

It was pretty chilly this morning, thankfully not raining, I don't think I would have liked it if it was raining too!  I saw so many of our PWR's there too, well, it's KevTwoBalls 50th parkrun!  He made these!


I so had my eye on one of them, I do love a fairy cake!  All ready at the start, we listen to the RD and then it's 'Ready, Steady, Go!'  Our group normally runs at the back of the pack, we leave the front for the faster runners!  It's only fair,  parkrun is about fun, just doing it, but occasionally there is that all important pb that needs chasing down,  But it's against yourself that you run, not anyone else, I think that's what makes parkrun so successful and fun and so very friendly!  Getting going today was a little slower, there must be at least 700 hundred people again!  It's a popular parkrun is Bromley!  I had to weave through but only after the crowd thinned down a bit, I eventually got into my stride.

The other girls, J.J. LittleJ, PinkLadyJo, Tracy, and K were behind me, Auriol was running along side me and Carole was way up in front!  I don't know how she managed to get so far through the crowds but she did!  She had Naggy running with her, so I found out after the run.  By the time we got to the end of the long straight the throng had thinned down and I could slowly pass some of the other runners, I was getting warmed up!  Auriol pulled up just by the park, for a walk, she told me to keep on going, so I did!  I like to run for the whole of the first mile at least!  Totally focused I didn't know who I was passing, by the time I got to the first mile and just a little bit further I heard "Hi Old girl!"  It was Charley!  I had passed her by further back, on the first of the short straights (the ones we do on the summer route).  I decided to start running again and chat to her, I hadn't seen her for ages!  We ran along together and chatted as we did.  We got all the way back up to the top of the park again, and then started on the short straight,  I had to have a bit of a walk!  But if it wasn't for Charley I would have walked a lot sooner.  She just kept on going, she said that she might have a walk herself after a bit, but the way she looked I couldn't see it happening. 

And so after that I was playing catch up with her!  I think I took another walk and then I had lost it!  The 'thing' that keeps you going, just as I was running along to the bit of the path and the bottom of the park that takes us up through the woody bit.  I do believe I actually slapped my arse! "Go on, Old Girl, blimmin run" I said out loud!  I could see the marshal there looking at me, I bet she thought I was a complete nutter!

I tried to keep my eye on Charley as I played catch up!  There was just no way I was going to catch her now, but I started running again, trying to keep my pace fairly steady, ignoring the achyness in my legs.  I was feeling blimmin annoyed with myself that I had walked, but that's nothing new!  I am feeling blimmin annoyed anyway with myself, being weak and pathetic anyway!  Mind you, it's not as if I booze all through the week, just at the weekends!  Yes, I was running with a hangover, after a stressful week I thought it would be nice, along with a curry too, after all it's 'Date Night" something me and the Old Boy has done for years!

I picked some other runners ahead of me to be my 'race' and chased them down.  There was one lady that obviously had me in her sights, because she ran, over took me and then had a walk, then I over took her and stayed in front.  I could hear her as she started running again, she was quite fast, but then she would have a little walk and I would over take her again.  So she then became my 'race'. If I heard her running behind me I had to try and keep her there!  Something I had managed to do only on the last short straight to the finish funnel!  I just kept running and put on a bit more speed, I could hear her keeping pace with me, I really thought she was going to overtake me, but I kept on going!  I crossed the finish just a second in front of her! Phew!  Done!  A great run, and we had a little chat as we walked up to get our tokens!  We were side by side and the token lady almost handed the first one to her!  I had worked hard to stay in front of her!  I had a little chuckle as the lady said about fighting over the tokens, nah, that had happened out on the course!  I had guessed that maybe all the cakes had gone, but I walked around to where it is normally served and I was right, but there was more cake there, it was Sarah's 250th parkrun!  So I managed to get cake after all!  Oh, you know how the power of advertising and clever photography can do wonders, well KevTwoBalls cakes were actually those mini cakes, here, look!
Oh and just one more thing, our mens captain had managed to gain the coveted No.1 token! Here look


My Garmin and the official time had married up exactly again,  37:40 official parkrun time and 37:40:19 on my Garmin!  Slight slower than my fastest parkrun this year!  Got to work harder, get mean with myself, stop being weak and lazy!  Here's my geeky stats.