More running, less blogging

Yes, I’m still here, still running, but not so much blogging now Juneathon is over. I must admit, I have felt mightily out of sorts since it finished the other week, feeling unmotivated, a bit low and a tad blue. The thought of a post-Juneathon get-together this weekend has given me a boost and I have been out running again this week, back to the usual routes, but wishing to go further in anticipation of the upcoming half-marathon in August.

At the weekend, we went to a gorgeous wedding in West Sussex and I wished I had taken my running shoes with me, but instead I enjoyed a saunter around the little lake with Hector on his bike, taking in the fresh country air and wandering through fields filled with hopping rabbits and swooping birds.

Tomorrow is the local Sure Start Children’s’ Centres’ ‘Mini Olympics’ and picnic, I guess it’s a little sports day for smaller people. Now, there seems to be a trend for giving everyone a medal or prize, no matter how well or not so well they do. I agree that a child’s confidence and self-esteem should be boosted, but I do think it’s ok to learn about losing at an early age, that’s life! I was thinking back to my own school sports days, and I didn’t really consider myself one of the sporty gang, I was self-conscious and didn’t want to draw attention to myself in that way (though I would happily stand up on stage and strut my stuff with immense confidence!), but we had winners and we had losers and that was just fine. We knew what to expect, and to see a fellow pupil excel in something made us feel that we could do that if we tried a bit harder, or feel happy for them and enjoy and celebrate their success and natural ability.

I had high hopes for Hector in the running race, he is incredibly fast for one so small and takes great joy from just sprinting until he drops, but he said today that he would like ‘to just watch, then go home’. If there was a jumping from a great height category, he would be first to take the mark:

So, a little run yesterday and another short run today, though I think my Garmin has played tricks with me here, because this is a run I do most Wednesdays, and it usually comes in at just over three miles. Oh well.

Tuesday:

Time: 30 minutes 57 seconds

Distance: 3.09 miles

Average Pace: 10.00

Best Pace: 7.30

Calories: 305

Wednesday:

Time: 28 minutes

Distance: 2.60 miles

Average Pace: 10.46

Best Pace: 8.37

Calories: 259

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Naked toe

At last, my toe nail has come off. It’s been hanging on by a corner for a few days and I’ve been trying to ignore it, but I got fed up of catching it this morning, so gave it a little tug. Is that too much information? At least I haven’t taken a photo to share with you! Edward asked if I am going to put it under my pillow for the toenail fairy…

This afternoon I thought a soak in the paddling pool might be good, so off we headed. It was rather lovely to arrive at the paddling pool and find that we knew all of the children and mums there, far nicer than the other week when it was us and a load of rowdy chavs. I seem to come back from my runs with a growing collection of sticks, it’s a bit like going for a walk with a dog. The thing is, a stick is many things, it’s rarely just a stick. Quite often a stick is a leaf-blower, a hedge trimmer or a hose.

Stats for Juneathon Day 21

Type of run: Pushing a running buggy

Time: 31 minutes 06 seconds

Distance: 3.06 miles

Average Pace: 10.09

Best Pace: 8.22

Calories: 341

So that’s another week done!

Stats for Week 3

Runs: 7

(2 pushing a running buggy, 5 without)

Total miles: 24.27

So Juneathon so far:

Runs: 21

(12 pushing a running buggy, 9 without)

Total miles: 76.04

Sleep running

That’s Hector, not me. We set out to gymnastics and, just as we headed up the hill, he fell asleep. I felt a bit lost and did try and wake him, knowing that he will be most annoyed at missing his class. He didn’t stir at all. So I ran on a bit and did a loop then, as I was quite near the knitting shop, I popped in and bought myself these little lovelies:

Some circular knitting needles so I can tackle the little hat pattern that Edward gave me. If football is featuring so highly in our house over the next month, even when England are not playing, then I will need something to keep me occupied!

I also ran across the brand new crossing near the park.

A seemingly uninteresting landmark, but it has taken a few years of campaigning to get this installed. Crazy when you consider that children have spent years risking life and limb to cross a very busy road at a bit of a blind corner corner. I enjoy slowing the cars down.

So far today we have spotted 51 England flags fluttering from vehicles. Seven of those were on one lorry!

Stats for Juneathon Day 15

Type of run: Pushing a running buggy

Time: 34 minutes 34 seconds

Distance: 3.05 miles

Average Pace: 11.20

Best Pace: 8.25

Calories: 284

Sloooow, it was very windy!

Ingerlund, Ingerlund, Ingerlund!

I think we deserve some sort of extra special Juneathon loving for getting to the Parkrun this morning. Hector slept until 8am (!) so we had to throw our clothes on and just go, without breakfast. My cold of recent days had escalated into a nasty cough, complete with Mariella Frostrup vocal tones and I felt a bit like this trolley:

We got there though, just as the runners started to head over to the start. Today Edward was being Dad runner and pushing Hector around. He said to Hector: ‘Maybe we will try and catch up with Mummy’ but, of course, he is just as fast even when pushing Hector and they were soon well ahead. It was hard today: no breakfast and a chesty whatnot equals a tough race, I even walked for a bit on THE HILL both times. Team Prince Hill was waiting for me at the finish line to give a little cheer and we headed over to the sandpit for a quick play before grabbing some breakfast.

Hector and I have a fun new game we play on our trips out and about: spot the flag on a vehicle. This round trip resulted in 63 England flags, 1 Italian flag and 2 Cameroonian flags. Then, at Sainsburys we gave in and pimped Hector’s running buggy, entering a whole new chavvy world.

He did get a ‘Roll on England!’ from a chap passing in his car!

Stats for Juneathon Day 12

Type of run: Race

Time: 29 minutes 56 seconds

Distance: 3.08 miles

Average Pace: 9.43

Best Pace: 4.40

Calories: 339

Have you got yours?

Yesterday I was getting more and more annoyed by the stupid pedestrians and their indecision about where on the pavement they might stand to allow me and my running buddy through. If I am approaching someone head on, I make it very clear which way I am going by moving to one side and looking very hard in that direction, but this means nothing to a line of teenagers who just look blankly at you whilst stuffing fried chicken and chips in their faces. I had a few near misses, and a few sudden stops as dozy kids ambled from side to side in front of me. Bus stops are a whole other issue: what happens to people when they stand near a bus stop? They lose all sense of direction and awareness of what’s around them and start swaying, bobbing, meandering and generally blocking the path for passers by. I did a piece of work once that looked at the way people move in a gallery when viewing work, and also focussed on the people standing at the bus stop outside; it was difficult to tell the two apart.

Today I had no such problem. On the return leg of our run -carefully planned to avoid getting wet through again – we bought a little present for Edward, something he feels his World Cup viewing would be a disaster without. After extensive research, we tracked down some vuvuzelas to Lidl for just £1.99, and Hector couldn’t wait to get it home, so happily ‘toot-toot-tooted’ all the way home. People not only leaped out of the way, but stopped and laughed, making comments such as ‘I wish I had a camera!’ Every runner should have one.

Click here to watch the video.

All this excitement proved a bit too much in the end though.

Stats for Juneathon Day 9

Type of run: Pushing a running buggy

Time: 34 minutes 14 seconds

Distance: 3.28 miles

Average Pace: 10.27

Best Pace: 8.10

Calories: 358

Cloud watching

How lucky we were last week with fine weather for some lovely Juneathoning. Today has been a bit more challenging: it’s been sideways rain all the way. I had intended running to gymnastics this afternoon, but it was looking unlikely as the view out of the window was just a series of lines. Just as we were due to leave though, the clouds lifted slightly and we were allowed some sunshine to accompany us up to Hornsey Rise. Hector had a marvellous time at gymnastics, showing off his balancing, jumping and a splendid forward roll…and I had a sneaky jump on a trampoline.

The journey home was grim. I persuaded H back into the running buggy, battled with the doors and stepped out into more horizontal rain. Back we went. As we stood and watched, Hector suggested putting his rainsuit over his knees, with the hood covering his feet. Clever boy. It worked to a degree, but this was what I saw when I peeked in at the end of the run:

After a shower things picked up a bit and we had a look through our weekly organic box. Are we odd to get excited about a few vegetables and some fruit? We were particularly pleased with an enormous red pepper in this week’s offering.

Stats for Juneathon Day 8

Type of run: Pushing a running buggy

Time: 36 minutes 14 seconds

Distance: 3.40 miles

Average Pace: 10.39

Best Pace: 7.44

Calories: 369

Seven days, seven runs

Oh, how tired I felt today (we had a sleepless night with a coughing child). I was reading to Hector this afternoon and actually started falling asleep…he even corrected me! I decided to try and have a lie down, but that obviously wasn’t going to happen, with a small boy bouncing around on the bed and trying to prise my eyes open, so I decided to jump up and go for a run. No, I don’t know how I managed that either.

It was a three parks run, well two parks, with the first one being visited again on the way home to see if we could see this again:

We are keeping an eye on the progress of the new cafe in the park. This might not seem very exciting, but for us it will be truly wonderful: somewhere to go and sit on a cold or wet day, a bit of life in the park, loos…Today the workers were digging channels to put pipes in for the utilities, and we enjoyed watching the digger ‘changing its own scooper’.

On our return journey, my eye was caught by this tangle of pipes:

We were a bit disappointed to find the ‘digger men’ had gone home, but were delighted to find the digger parked around the corner for the night. I got close up and captured this while Hector touched the caterpillar wheel.

Stats for Juneathon Day 7

Type of run: Pushing a running buggy

Time: 32 minutes 20 seconds

Distance: 3.12 miles

Average Pace: 10.21

Best Pace: 7.44

Calories: 361

So, that’s Week 1 of Juneathon 2010 finished. I have really enjoyed it so far, of course, the fine weather has helped. I did fear I might have to do an evening run today, but I am trying to avoid those.

Stats for Week 1

Runs: 7

(5 pushing a running buggy, 2 without)

Total miles: 28.49