Thursday, 15 March 2018

Its A Double!

Hello blog readers
This is just at the other end
of the path from the bridge

It's been a while but I eventually managed to get a double run today.  But not the track though, but let me tell you about it from the beginning.

This morning I picked up Tracy to go for our usual Thursday morning run.  It was a pretty damp morning and it got wetter as we ran along.  There were quite a few people missing this morning when we turned up at the rec, numbers were well depleted in the two faster groups, some were at the races others had work!  Our group was quite healthy, number wise!  I decided that I really needed to go through the woods.  I knew that some of the ladies wouldn't like it as it was going to be muddy!  But I am not a heartless leader, honest, its true, I was going to choose the easiest, probably the dries parts of the woods to go through, throwing in some road work too.  The best of both worlds.  I get to run in the gorgeous woods and the ladies will get to keep their shoes fairly mud free!

Instead of going in through the woods via Dog Poo Ally I ran up the road a little further and turned right into Little Thrift.  There is the two ally ways here, the left path goes to Jubilee park over the new bridge the right path goes through to Petts Wood and Hawk Wood, over the two old bridges.  We were going right, over the two bridge and then straight on to Botany Bay lane.  I do love this name for this road(?) path, it is a very pretty path, I love running up and down here.  Thankfully it wasn't that muddy.
This is the gate where I rested
after getting up the fist bit of
Botany Bay Lane

We ran down to the little river, then it was the up hill to the gate and the lovely house there is there.  I just set my sight on the gate and ran it all.  It was a struggle, 'Hills are our friends' did not come jumping into my thoughts!  Once the other ladies caught up, that's, Auriol, Tracy, Kay and PinkLadyJo, we had a bit of a rest, and then a walk to the first post, where the electric lines are attached.  "Ok, let's see how well we can get up to the next flat bit, count the posts that you pass as you run" I said to them.  I started off, Auriol by my side and a steady plod up the hill.  The other girls fell in behind going at their pace.  I started counting, 1, 2, 3.  It's not a particularly steep hill but it's enough to get you working hard if you put you mind to it, 4, by now Auriol was just behind me, 5, 6, 7. I didn't quite make it to the 8th and final one.  I should have done, I should have pushed that little bit harder to get there.  next time.  Auriol said that she got to post 5, the other ladies I could see were running up, I didn't know if they had done any walking on this bit, but PinkladyJo came up to us and she said she hadn't stopped at all, and she got further than me!  Brilliant.

Just getting up to the road now we had to pass by the side of the school.  There are trees planted all along here and some of the school kids were hiding there having a cheeky ciggie!  Oh I remember those days, good old school days, having a fag behind the gym! Long time ago!  Now were had a bit of road work to do, along the front of the school and on towards the Tigers head.  More school children, well actually I should say students outside the school gate, not smoking this time, just chatting away.  A little further up I saw some other ladies, three of them sitting on the steps of some building, I don't know what the building is, I don't think its part of the school, I always thought it was where the nuns lived, but there were all sitting there having a smoke too. "Go on girl" they said to me as I huffed and puffed my way towards them "You're doing well" they said.  I just indicated that I would like a puff on the ciggie!  "She wants a fag" said one of them to the others "She probably would do as well" said Auriol as she past them.  I just laughed!

We got to the main road and then crossed over to run through Scadbury park.  Just the edge of it and only just a little bit of it as I knew it was going to be pretty muddy.  This was to be our last bit of running through the woods.  We came out to run on on the pavements, try and keep the speed up get a good run in.  I think I was running a bit fast though as Auriol said to PinkladyJo that it was her turn to 'keep me company' in front.  Ooops!

We finished our run down Birchwood, smashing!  Love running down hill.  The rain was really coming down now, a fine misting rain but enough to get you very wet.  I needed to get back and showered before I go see Kirsty so I said to the ladies I would do my stretching at home, they all agreed that they will be doing the same too!  A lovely run, I am glad I managed to get out.

Thursday Evening

So, here is my evening run, it wasn't at the track either!  It was way to easy to say that I couldn't cope with the marathon sessions that PhysioMiketheMod had planned for all those doing the marathons in the spring.  The sessions are perfect for them, I kind of look at them and think "hmm, maybe that's not for me" and then don't do anything.  I usually can just go along and 'do my own thing' based on what PMTM has planned, but then NaggyNeighbour suggested that we could go our running early in the evening do our own thing, as she didn't really fancy doing the marathon training too.  So that's what we did.  Pounding the pavements is not what I like to do, undulations usually slow me down and I get despondent, so I suggested we still go to Norman Park but run around the park instead, do the Bromley parkrun route instead!  Three laps, about 3.5 miles, perfect for a Thursday evening!

We drove to the park and had to go around to the Hayes entrance (after going in through Bromley entrance and speaking to the security guard who was about to lock up) And then it started!  The nagging.  I wanted to do just a little bit of a slow run to warm up! Oh no, "Well, that's what we are doing" says Naggyneighbour "Come on".  Hmm, yup I have missed running with our Naggy!  Of course the first half of the lap I was chatting away, and keeping up, or I should say she was staying down with me.  I know that Naggy can run a lot faster.  I was quite pleased actually because she had the light!  I had forgotten to charge chest light!  

The first lap went fine, I think, the second lap was a different story.  My lunch seemed to want to remind me that it was still very much with me!  I had one of those ding ding curries from Sainsburys!  When I bought it I had actually forgot what day it was, even though I had been running in the morning, but the thought of a little curry popped into my head when I was thinking about lunch and so it just had to happen!

The second lap, it was interesting.  Naggy couldn't believe noises coming from behind her as I burped my way round.  It wasn't pretty and it certainly wasn't pleasant.  How I managed to keep the whole of my lunch in place I don't know!  Suffice it to say that a couple of 'tasty burps' is really not pleasant.  Being a lady at that point was totally out of the question too.  Thank goodness we had opted to do the park and not the track is all I can say about that, although I do enjoy the track!  I shall be back to it soon!

The third lap was a big struggle, as I plodded on after Naggy, my garmin had ran out of battery a long while ago, I think I managed to get the first mile on there!  I was just relying of Naggy to let me know the pace.  I kept on doing small walking sections, Naggy refused to stop so I had to run faster to catch up to her!  She then told me, after we got to the very last Pavilion on our run that if I had just slowed down my pace she would have slowed down but because I had stopped running she kept the pace going and I had the hard work to catch up!  Oooo, she's an expert, isn't she!  I might try that on one of our Thursday morning sessions.  Mind you, that will mean that I will have to run non stop all the way from beginning to end!

But not a bad run, in the dark, around Norman park.  It was also quite warm, I opted to wear short sleeves for this evenings run and I was sweating like it was midday in August!  Surely this should have dealt with that curry I had for lunch, oh and that chocolate eclair!  And I wonder why I am not losing weight! tut!

No geeky stats, but I shall grab them from NaggyNeighbour!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Club Run - Pieces of Eight!

Hello blog readers.

The rain had managed to stay away for our run this evening, thank goodness, it was still a rather mild night, I was glad that I only put on two layers!  I knew there were a few ladies missing today, our LittleJ is missing permanently from club runs these days, but thankfully we still get to see her at parkrun.  J.J. is looking after Kirsty and Carole is suffering too.  But Auriol is back!  She was a bit nervous of coming back to running but she needn't have been, she done so well! So we had 8 lovely ladies in the group this evening,.

I had planned the route to include a couple of hills, we need hills to improve ourselves, apparently!  I still have a love hate relationship with them!  NaggingNeighbour wasn't coming running today so I picked up Tracy and then drove on to where the rec is.  I popped into to see J.J. and then looking at her clock Tracy thought we only had five minutes to get to the rec!  So we said our good byes and went to the rec.  We had a bit of a warm up run to the rec.  Tracy really put a bit of a spurt on too!  When we got there I had noticed after a couple of minutes that we were actually early! Oh well, the warm up was quite nice.

I gave out our route for the evening and then waited until everyone else had done the same.  With all 11 groups done (group 12 meet up half hour earlier) and gathered we waited till everyone had gone, more or less and the we started on our run.  It included a few small inclines!  Just a few at most! The first one is Birchwood.  We've not done this little incline for a while and I just pushed on up it.  We shall take a breather at the top and wait for the sweepers.  It was happily surprised to see the the second pair of ladies up the hill happened to have Auriol in it!  I think she was pleasantly surprised too, she was thinking that she was going to be sweeping along and trying to keep up, but her fitness level hasn't gone down that much!  Brilliant.

My group was running pretty well actually, the front runners were not that far behind and we didn't have to wait too long before they had caught up at the top of the incline!  We turned left and crossed over the road, now we were going passed the houses with the fantastic lights shades well, chandeliers actually, but oh my goodness they are stunning! The other house has a move contemporary feel, not so ostentatious!

We just that cheeky little hill to get over we headed for Kevington Drive.  I always think of that bit as fairly down hill, but of course it has that little hill to get over!  It's a brilliant route to do for us in group 1 who like a bit of  a challenge!  It's been a while for me to get to wanting to do some hills, even if they are very small and short ones.

We got to Kevington drive and by that time I had developed a stitch, I had tried the whole holding on it to make it go, breathing in through the nose and puffing out, stretching it!  It didn't go, I just decided to give it a little rest.  Serves me right for having a  Sainsburys curry for lunch a little later that I should have done!  It didn't shift doing any of those things, I had the faster runners running up the hill twice, while I watched and waited for the back runners to get to us.  By that time the stitch wasn't as bad but it was still there.  There is only one thing left to do and that's to.......ignore it!  I feel it will go away on its own. So I hit the hill like it was as flat as a pancake.....almost anyway,  I did attack it, as I had the others running it twice and I was only doing it once!

We ran back along the road we that came along and on to the main road.  Straight down to the round about.  Before we got there we saw another group coming out of the turning that takes you to Tillingbourne Green, another cheeky hill, which could quite possibly be our next weeks route!  I love a hill......not.......but hills....are......our .......friends! Right?!    They gave us a little round of applause.  So now just this last little push to the roundabout and then the lovely down hill section that goes to Crossways!  I decided to go down here as we had not made up the time to do this extra bit.  Seems strange to me really as it felt it was a lot quickly..... weird eh?

We got to the rec and I had noticed that my Garmin said 2.90 miles, well I couldn't have that, I had to make it up to 3.00 miles.  I think those that had gone up the hill twice could quite possibly have managed to do the 3 miles, but my Garmin was showing 2.90. Nope  that wasn't happening so I ran around the car park to 'fill in the gap'.

It was a lovely run, and it was lovely to have Auriol back, she seems to have really enjoyed her run and is so pleased to be back!  Keep on running everyone keep on running!

Geeky stats.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Snows Gone!

Hello blog readers.

It's been snow joke that there has been no running for over a week.  We are just not used to it, we can not cope with it and we just come to a stand still when the cold white stuff falls from the sky!  It put paid to running, especially for club running and parkruns!  I guess I could have tried t do a solo run in the mornings, but really, I am just not good at staying on m feet if I start slipping all over the place!

Anyway, here we are post snow and everyone is keen to get back out there.  As Joanne said on a post on Facebook, "I've been eating like its Christmas"  I know exactly just how she felt.  If there was anything to eat in the house I was eating, I think everyone felt like there were 'snowed in'.  I do know I was going stir crazy!  There have also been a few of us off  with the dreaded flu too!  It's been very poor running for at least two weeks!  So to ease us all back into it and because it's move up Tuesday, I chose our easy route, while our sweepers were on a total 'go slow' as its was these two lovely ladies, K and Tracy, that had the flu bug!

I can't tell you have good it felt though, standing out in the front of all our running buddies in the club, describing where we were going to run and at what speed.  It was just brilliant.  I really have missed my running!.......Oooo, and there it is, my running mojo making an appearance!  Lets hope it stays around for some solo running! We had to wait just a little longer than usual for K, she told us she would be just a tad late, and so there nine of us in our group this evening, all raring to go.

I was going to be taking it nice and easy, as gentle and as friendly as possible.  Get us all back into the frame of mind of running.  In the faster groups if they miss a week or two, then they would think about dropping down a group to recover, we in group 1 are it! So i just drop the pace to as slow as I can but also to keep it as enjoyable for the faster runners as I can.  It's a balancing act.  The offer of loop backs is always there.

We bumped into group 4 when we came across the walking bridge the first time round. They were having their catchup stop exactly where we have our catch up stops.  It's a 'natural' stop as I call them.  And we had a few 'natural stops' on our route today, stopping at every road crossing, whether it was a short run or a longer run.  but we stopped and let the back runners catch up.

When we got all the way along Crescent drive and to the end of Shepperton we saw another group, not quite sure what group there were in. It seemed everyone was staying local today.  I decided to go a slightly different way to the rec, and we turned left to go through Petts Wood high street and back over the bridge.  I was going to check the time when we got over the other side of the troll bridge.  If we had time then we were going to go the long way round, but we didn't have enough time so we were going to do next longest route, down Towncourt Crescent and then Crossways.  The best bit is that it was all down hill!  Fabulous, a little treat for us all for a great 'get back to running' club run.

Geeky stats.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Swanley Train Run - In The Runderwear!

Hello blog readers.

Today was the day for our second train run of the year, to Swanley and back.  This is a very pretty route even though it's all on tarmac, roads and pavements.  The sun was shining bright this morning but oh my goodness it was freezing outside!  NaggyNeighbour knocked on my door just before the 07:30 that we had agreed on, it was a good job I was ready, I just had to put on my coat.  I had three layers on, complete with my cap and gloves! I wished I had remembered to put my headband thing on that I got for Christmas, to keep my ears warm!  I also was trying out my newest running new running pants, underpants that is! I bought them at the Tri Expo, Runderwear, I am always thinking about running comfortably, having a 'hungy bum' is the most uncomfortable thing ever!  Mind you, lately I have found some very comfortable 'high street'  pants that I usually wear when running, but it's nice to have 'made for the job' pants.  And look at this, while I was....well you know how it is when you got a long run planned, nature calls..... this made me chuckle

Naggyneighbour also bought some as well, so we were matching........but only we knew that!  We drove up to the station at St Mary Cray and met up with this lot!

As usual there are two groups, one group getting off at Swanley and one group going further, Wrotham.  There didn't seem to be that many this year, but we were all still keen and eager to get going.....mainly because its blimmin freezing, and it's still only 8:00 am!  As usual I have to get the 'train shot' I am not sure if I managed to get everyone in.

Soon we were at Swanley station and we got off the train.  The faster group set off first leaving just us, here this is us.

We started running and chatting, there were 6 in group 1 Swanley group, and we were chatting and running along.  I think I said to Ruth about why we don't do this run in the summer time. We can still do the very early mornings, but this chill, brrrr!  Maybe it's something I can think about and see if I can get something organised!  I wasn't the only one thinking this either, Carole also thought about it too!

We were running pretty well actually, and we had covered a mile and I hadn't really thought about it!  I was just chatting away.  We had a little walking break, of course we did, we like a catchup, photo opportunity and everything, and then we carried on, I am sure this is where I took this photo, or it could quite easily have been a bit further on!  I should make more of a mental note, or at least log it on my phone after I have taken the photo!

I was looking forward to seeing the Llamas or are they alpacas, they look the same to me, but I still find it totally amazing that we have these animals in fields by the roads, and not locked away in farms where they can't be seen unless you pay of course!  I do like llamas, it reminds me of one of my fav animation films, The Emperors New Grove!  Love that film. You can imagine my disappointment when we got to the top of the steepest hill in this run, where the llamas normally 'hang out' to find them not there!   We did find sheep on the way though, and I took a picture of them, I was more interested in our shadows than the sheep though! Here, look!

We were more or less half way through our run with the lovely down hill to look forward to.  IllustriousLeader was our leader for this run and her daughter has joined us, she says she hasn't running much, not for a couple of years, but my goodness, running must be in her blood because she was way in front, even going up that horrendous hill, she was way in front of us!

I couldn't quite believe how this mornings run was going, I felt totally comfortable with just under a couple of miles left to do, we were back in town again, I felt like I could keep on going, well, mentally I felt like I could keep on going, my legs were a little achy, still I wanted to keep on going!

We were going along the road, just before we went into the park when Ruth reminded of the very last little hill.  I knew it was there, I know it's there, of course it's there, but you seem to just put things like that out of your mind.  Fortunately we also saw a couple of ladies that run with PWR on one of the training runs, we had a little chat with them before we continued our run.  We were nearly done now anyway, just through the park and then across the Nugent shopping Centre, which was still not open, it was still too early for the shops to open, I guess it is a Sunday morning!  And then, well....then it was that cheeky fecker of a hill!  The last one to the steps of the station.  I decided that I was going to run it, all the way, after crossing the main road we started the short run to the turning where the last hill is.  I am so glad that it is hidden!  But as I was running along there my ankle gave way, it felt like I had twisted it, but I hadn't.  I decided to just walk it out, I knew that was absolutely nothing wrong with it, maybe it is still cold, even after the 6 miles we just ran.  But nothing was going to stop me running up the hill.  We turned the corner and there it was, I started running again, all the way.  There is a little reprieve of about 5 metres of flat road and then it continues.  I walked the flat bit!  I wished I hadn't now, but at the time I felt quite proud that I walked the flat bit but ran up the hills, the two last remaining hills!  I took this picture of us all, just by the station, what a great run it was!

Oh and by the way, runderwear........felt good! Still a bit tight around my chunky legs, but I guess that is something I need to work on rather than trying to expect sports wear people to think about!

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 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.