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!

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If you go down in the woods today

You might find one of these:

I’ve no idea what the digger was doing in this part of the park, seemingly shifting mud around but I couldn’t see why. This was taken on our morning walk/cycle, when the sun was shining, no chance of getting my camera out on this afternoon’s run. We waited and waited, not sure if it would rain or not and decided to just go for it at a point when the sun was blazing down and we had to reapply sunscreen.

As soon as we set of Hector fell asleep, thankfully, and the rain came down in sheets. I kept on going until I absolutely had to stop and wait under a tree, then ran a bit further and sheltered some more. In the end I just had to rush home, it wasn’t stopping (and still hasn’t actually). As we neared home, poor H woke up and asked where we were going. How odd it must be to wake up in the middle of a rain storm, flying along the pavement at top (well, my top) speed.

Stats for Juneathon Day 14

Type of run: Pushing a running buggy

Time: 28 minutes 55 seconds

Distance: 3.01 miles

Average Pace: 9.56

Best Pace: 8.04

Calories: 318

So that’s week 2 done and dusted.

Stats for Week 2

Runs: 7

(5 pushing a running buggy, 2 without)

Total miles: 23.28

So Juneathon so far:

Runs: 14

(10 pushing a running buggy, 4 without)

Total miles: 51.77

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

Stunt rider

This morning’s run was a family affair. Of course this means motivating three people out of the door, but it did mean I could run without pushing a buggy, a chance to push myself a bit. Once we did get out of the door, there was a fair bit of faffing as both Edward and I got our various GPS gadgets ready to go and we even had a fabulous countdown from Edward’s iPhone app: ‘5-4-3-2-1!’ blast off!

(another stuck kite)

By the time we got to the park I realised I wasn’t going to keep up with Edward, even pushing Hector he is fast. As a result I got to witness what happens when you are pushing the ‘smile magnet’ that is Hector: everyone they passed gave a wide smile or even a laugh then promptly gave me a blank stare. Very odd. I didn’t have much time to think about this as I was on a mission to catch up, whilst wiping the sweat from my brow, cheeks, arms…it’s hot out there, even at 8am, apparently we are going to have the hottest day of the year so far.

(Hector said: ‘Look, a ‘H’ in the sky!’)

We crossed over from park number one and into the bigger park where we did a couple of loops, passing the walkers, the Chinese walkers (one of whom was carrying her dog), the Turkish walkers and a few plodders too. When we got to the freestyle area, the boys made a detour to do some stunts and I kept going to do another lap. I have a feeling I will need to practice getting up these ramps and bumps as Hector will be wanting to do this every time we pass now.

Now we are getting ready to go and celebrate Max’s third birthday. For Hector it’s all about the cake: ‘Will Max have a big cake?’ it must be great being almost three.

Stats for Juneathon Day 5

Type of run: Family run

Time: 36 minutes 56 seconds

Distance: 4 miles

Average Pace: 9.25

Best Pace: 6.38

Calories: 444