Edward just came home with a buckled bicycle wheel, obtained by bumping over a sunken manhole on his way home. The spokes are so loose, he almost managed to play ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ on them. Needless to say, he was feeling rather sad, first day back at work too. He then directed me towards this website, suggesting that this could be our motto for 2011 (read down the page and continue to the bottom).
My day was slightly more delightful, consisting of some more of this:
Then some of this:
And then a bit of this:
But before all this jollity, I had to run. The alarm went off at 6.45 and I – sort of – leapt up and into my running gear. I am finding that the washing issue isn’t as problematic as during Juneathon, maybe because I don’t mind wearing odd combinations found festering at the bottom of my running pile, unconcerned about appearances, due to the dark nature of many of the runs. The one item I am short of though, is running bras, so I groped around in my underwear drawer and unearthed my Enell bra. Oh my, it does what it’s supposed to, with absolutely no jiggling, but it does offer an awful lot of upwards push. I took one sideways glance at myself and promptly changed into a still-slightly-damp-from-the-wash Shock Absorber. I know running can be tiring, but I really don’t think I need to stop and rest my chin on my bosom part way round.
It was dark, it was cold and I decided to challenge my lungs with a Hilly Fields run. With it being so gloomy, I kept to the outer edges, but couldn’t resist a path through and over to Adelaide Avenue. Helsbels mentioned earlier on Twitter that she is a little afraid of running in the dark, and I started to think about this. I spoke to my Mum this morning and, when I told her I had been out running before it was light, she said: ‘Oooh, be careful!’. I wondered if I would consider running the same route in the evening, and I decided I probably wouldn’t, but the morning is somehow different. I do think about my safety as I run, being aware of who is around me, never running with headphones (sorry Audiofuel!) and trying to keep to busy areas. My reasoning for it being ok to run through a dark park in the morning is that the nutters, weirdos and slime-balls are probably still in bed at that time. Erm, not exactly a solid reason, but good enough for me.
Janathon day 4:
Time: 34 minutes 58 seconds
Distance: 3.18 miles
Average Pace: 11.01
Best Pace: 8.04