How are we all? It's been a while!
I've been quietly plugging away in the background ticking off the runs on my training plan. I'm proud to say that I haven't missed one yet, despite being up against dreadful weather and a lack of motivation so yeah....go me!
Last week saw my longest run since 2015 at over 8.2 miles. This alone would be cause enough for celebration but the fact that I completed said run amidst an icy, torrential rain storm gave me another reason to allow myself a virtual pat on the back. I'll let the pics do the talking....
....so yeah quite damp, and by the end of it my unmentionables were frozen to my leg and not even 'Maniac' by Michael Sembello could put a spring back in my step. I had toyed (in my head) with doing 9 miles but considering the weather I happily accepted my 8.2 miler as a good result!
With fresh confidence in my abilities, it was time to head for the first social occassion of silly season with friends & family. Specifically a gathering of 16 of us in a lovely converted chapel in the North East. I had dutifully packed my running trainers and headed out into the icy, hilly countryside on Saturday with the remains of a hangover weighing heavy in my head.
A combination of the red wine sloshing around my body and the snow topped hills (read mountains) in the lovely surrounding villages I was soon forced to walk (most of the first half of the run actually). Someone once told me that if you can't run up a hill faster than you can walk it....just walk. I think that's solid advice and it certainly applied here. I don't mind the odd hill but these were hills on steroids. The very fact they had snow on them should give you an indication of altitude! Lesson learned; hills & hangovers are NOT your friends.
Anyhoo, regardless of the extreme weather I'm still out there doing the miles and shall continue to do so. In fact, I'm just back from a short run today* and am building up to this weekend's planned 9 miler. Will I do it?
Find out here. Same bat time, same bat channel.
Until next time, keep on running!
The Tubby Runster xxxx
* As a side note, I today had my first insult shouted from a moving car of 2019. I 'think' it was 'Run faster, you fat b**tard'. Disappointingly unimaginitive and I can only award a rating of 2/10 for effort. I'm going to have to insist on the use of the c-bomb if you wish to score higher.
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