Falling down about 400 metres from my front door wasn’t exactly the best start to my running weekend. Especially because it wasn’t even a particularly impressive shunt.
It wasn’t like I was going fast: I was on a gentle warm-up jog on the way to my local Saturday morning Parkrun, turned a corner… and down I went. It was ridiculously slow speed – imagine the running equivalent of Robert Kubica’s Monte Carlo Rally crash, only without the vague excuse of ice.
Still, there was no real harm done, aside from scraping off a bunch of skin on my knee and leaving me aching a bit. Despite sporting a bit of blood I still made it to the Parkrun start, and set a strong time given the muddy conditions.
I was still aching a bit where I landed when I set off on today’s two-hour training run, but that eased off as the general aching that comes with running for two hours kicked in. Today’s run – in which I hugged the River Thames between Twickenham and Hampton Court Palace – was all about duration rather than speed, so I was pretty pleased to cover just over 15 miles in that time.
Mind you, that’s still 11 miles or so short of a marathon…
Anyway, two hours is a lot of thinking time. So here are this week’s random thoughts from my Sunday long run:
- It really is very annoying when you want to get started on a long run and your GPS watch won’t sync up with whizzy satellite things
- Great things about running for a set time, rather than distance: I can make up the route as I go along. I set out heading for Bushy Park, then randomly decided to run towards Twickenham…
- Challenging things about running for a set time, rather than distance: trying to ensure I end up somewhere close to my front door at the right time. Amazingly, I somehow managed this
- Why do people actually try to pet swans? That doesn’t seem like a good idea
- Running beside a river is brilliant: it means the terrain is mostly flat
- How exactly did the Vancouver Canucks blow a 2-0 lead and lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday?
- Energy gels. Still not sure. At least they’re easier to open when it’s warm enough that you don’t need to wear gloves
- Hampton Court Palace. It’s a bit bling. That Henry VIII, he had a sense of style
- There are some lovely restaurants on Kingston-upon-Thames riverfront. They look even nicer when you go past them 100 minutes into a long run
- Kids: when your parents shout ‘kids, get out of the way’ at you, that probably means you’re in the way. So stopping instantly in the middle of a narrow footpath is probably not a good idea. Thanks.
Why I’m running: I’m tackling the 2016 London Marathon to raise money for the South West Children’s Heart Circle – a group that helped me when I had a heart operation. Please sponsor me by clicking the big button below.