Race the Cake

There’s Race the Train, Race the Horse and now Race the Cake. I knew I wanted to get out and run this morning while Edward and Hector headed off for a swim. Edward was mixing up a marble cake as I left and asked if I would be in to take it out of the oven…er, no! ‘It takes an hour’ he said ‘Ok, I’ll be back in an hour’ I replied.

I legged it off down the Waterlink Way. I wanted to go slightly further than my other runs this week, so had 10k in mind – just within the cake removal time-slot. The sun shone, the earth was frosty and I saw runners at every turn. First of all I was greeted by friendly ‘Hello’s from running club friends, then I stopped for a chat with a group of Parkrun friends who were having a sociable run together. After a brief ‘how should we keep our shoes clean after a muddy Hilly Fields run?’ pause, I went on my way. Yesterday I ran Hilly Fields for a change. It was tough. It was muddy (see new image at the top of this page). I pushed myself hard, I skidded around, trying not to fall, I struggled up the steep hill, my feet failing to get a grip, and I pushed myself and others on to the finish. According to my watch I had a (Hilly Fields) PB, but my official time shows a second slower 😦 I might just run again next week and see if I can crack it.

Even with this heavy run in my legs I still managed to fly this morning, I hadn’t expected much, just a slow run, but I felt good, strong and flew along the path with ease. It feels great when a run gives you that buzz. As I reached home, I expected to be greeted by the smell of baking, but found a note saying: ‘I didn’t want to leave the oven on, can you put the cake in?’ One of the many reasons I have to run:

Marble

Marble

So, this was my fifth run this week – one more than I ‘pledged’ to complete on the Jantastic website. I also managed two swims, but no ride. I think I need to get out and go, see how far I get, see if my legs like the sensation of spin, spin, spin…

Distance: 6.23 miles
Time: 56.18 minutes
Average Pace: 9.02 minute miles
Calories: 626

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12 thoughts on “Race the Cake

  1. fitartist says:

    Yup, cake runs are definitely the way to go, though I had to wait a good few hours, staring at it, before I was allowed to tuck in (neighbour came round for afternoon tea). It was worth the wait 🙂

  2. jezsmith says:

    If they had called it ‘race the cake’ instead of parkrun I’m sure they’d be intergalactically global by now. Where do I sign up?

    • fitartist says:

      Jez, we do have cake! Actually, lots of Parkruns involve cake…Orpington has cake made each week by the runners as there’s no cafe…Maybe I will make some next time I’m RD (though there are so many mouths to feed now…hmmm).

  3. henniemavis says:

    Ooo, “race the cake” — I need to try that here as a motivator 🙂 Great run! Keep it up! Are you on a team for Jantastic? I am, but don’t think you are on my team… but I don’t know your real name so maybe we are teammates?

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