14
Nov
10

two days, two runs

Unheard of outside of Juneathon. But that’s how the dice of fate fell and who can argue with the dice.

Friday was a magnificent day which saw me getting up early to perform my duties as “Ring Bearer” at the marriage of two of of my favourite people. It was a excellent service with only close friends and family in attendance so felt very privileged to be there to witness it all. As with all weddings, food played a part so it was fortunate that I had arranged to go out for a run with my brother-in-law the following day or else I would have been wracked with guilt about the enormous amount I ate at the wedding. Ordinarilly, I would have been reticent about a run with the bro-in-law… he has been running far longer than I have and is the veteran of two New York City Marathons. Fortunately for me, he is recovering from a series of cortisone injections for an ankle injury so I stood at least a fighting chance of keeping up with him. He has moved to the town I grew up in so wanted me to show him where he could run in the local woodland. It was a good chance for me to not only run in different surroundings and with someone but also across terrain more similar to what I will experience at Grim in 3 weeks time. We took it slowly (he still has pain if he runs too far too fast) but completed 7.5 kilometres cross country and it felt good to be running and chatting. We will definitely do it again.
Sunday mornings run was another short one coming in at 8.75kms… this one cut necessarily short by road closures due to Memorial Services so my route was decided on the fly depending on which pathways were still free for me to run down. It was faster than Saturdays run and less than a kilometre longer but felt much harder. Maybe my perceived effort is less when I have the distraction of someone to run with. So it has now been 3 runs in a row where timing has been ignored… I know I am not particularly fast and appear to run at almost the same pace regardless of how I push so for now I’m happy just sticking to concentrating on my running form and having fun.

Soundtrack to this post: The Young Gods – Lucidogen


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