20
Nov
09

a good idea at the time

Man And Boy – Crashes, Fallen Trees and Time Lords – Impromptu Duathlon?

Last Sunday was going to be my final run before the Willow 10k this weekend. I was going to run 10k at race pace just to again get used to a race pace over the full 10k distance. I thought it might be nice to take SonNumberOne along on his bike with me for company. I run better when I’m not concentrating on running and listening to SonNumberOne’s observations on life always manage to lift me whilst we’re out.

The roads and paths were still wet from the previous few days rain and it was about a mile and a half in that SonNumberOne found out the hard way about mountain bike tyres and wet manhole covers not making good bed fellows. After stopping to pick him up, dust him down and get him hurriedly back on the pushbike, we seemed to lose momentum and began to get distracted. Fallen trees across footpaths, stopping to watch canoeists navigating a weir and his excitement about that evenings Dr Who special all served to interrupt the run. So eventually we abandoned the idea of running and instead settled for a run / walk / chat which whilst not preparing me for my 10k, was a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday morning.

So, feeling guilty about not running my 10k training run on Sunday, I set off after work on Wednesday evening. It was one of those cool, clear evening runs that I enjoy so much and as the Garmin had sneakily decide to lose it’s charge whilst sat in the drawer (i.e I had forgotten to charge it up), I decide to run a route that I know without timing myself. So I’ve no idea how quickly I ran but it was 7 and a half miles and felt surprisingly fluid once I settled into a rhythm.

I am very much looking forward to the race on Sunday – it is about 6 miles from my home and as SonNumberOne is currently suffering with a particularly unpleasent virus, I’ll almost certainly have to go there on my own as Mrs Eatingtrees has volunteered stay home and look after the boys. If the weather is half decent on Sunday morning, I may consider cycling to and from the race. I dare say when I wake up on Sunday morning that it will seem like a very bad idea indeed, although it may give me a glimpse of whether my half baked idea to enter a duathlon (run / mountain bike / run) early next year is wise…

Soundtrack to this post: English Summer Rain – Placebo


1 Response to “a good idea at the time”


  1. 1 iliketocount
    November 21, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Good luck in the run. My run/cycle in Juneathon showed how bad the legs transition from one to the other – with a further run into the bargain, I reckon it’ll be an interesting proposition!


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