Pain is just French Bread

Posted on: 18 May 2014

"Pain is just French Bread" T’was on a tee shirt at the parkrun the other week and it made me smile.

Last Saturday week saw me volunteering at the Parkrun, but this week I had a run – no PB this time but I was close 32.09mins age grade of 54.17% so I was quite pleased considering it was a bit warm for me (being an elderly ginger I tend to avoid heat and sunshine whenever possible).  Regarding training though, last week I had another go at an ‘interval’ run.  1 min reps slow/fast x 12.  The slows got slower and the fasts… well… they got slower too but I tried and I made it home in one piece  The other run was round Crystal Palace park nice and early – twice round the park – lots of friendly dog-walkers and quite a few ‘mornings’ from fellow joggers.  Sunshine warm but not hot.  Perfect. 

Last weeks long run was a total disaster.  I managed to get to Dulwich Park and desperate for the loo only to discover the park full of cyclists and temporary loos installed (public ones locked).  Couldn’t face them at all so cut my run short and froze at the railway station for half an hour to catch the train home.  Dave’s blog added to my guilt.  This week I was more determined to complete my planned run (7-8 miles, steady 85-90mins) I didn’t feel like fighting my way on the roads so took the car to Dulwich park, a little later than normal and in the sunshine, managed to get round 7 times (two parkruns plus one circuit for luck) totalled 7.6 miles in 1:05:02 1:35:02 hours (slow but steady) and the important thing was – I finished. (Sunshine and long runs really don't agree with my system though - not sure what to do to prepare myself for the Hackney run next month - hopefully they'll have facilites on the route so it won't be too much of a problem)!

And finally: a couple of articles from my local paper regarding the loss of the local Petts Wood ‘running man’, a gentleman who enjoyed running through the town in just his shorts and trainers.  They are planning a tribute run at the end of June in his memory (clothing optional) http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/11216313.Date_set_for_Petts_Wood__Running_Man__tribute_run/ and a background link: http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/11160152.display/?ref=twtrec   should anyone be interested reading about local running eccentrics.

Train tickets for St Albans have arrived.  Looking forward to meeting everyone again.  

Take care and happy training x

 

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