Two things I know about 3.56a.m. on a Sunday morning. Number one: the sun has begun to rise. Number two: it is no time to wake up feeling as fresh as a daisy only to have your heart sink when you realise that it is three bastard fifty six in the bastard morning. I learned these valuable lessons this morning at 3.56a.m.
I then lay there in all my fresh-as-a-daisyness until a shade before 6a.m. when I fell asleep only to be woken by the alarm an hour and fifteen minutes later feeling like someone had been standing on my face. I dragged myself out of bed and downstairs to prepare some breakfast before getting ready and heading out of the door to meet Simon, author of Ware2Barefoot, for an approximate 15km run.
I’d contacted Simon after reading his blog as he a) lives just up the road from me and b) runs in Vibrams. We decided to organise a run together and today was that day. He is training for the Eden Marathon so he ran the 5km to where we had decided to meet. I’d planned to take him on my 15km route and then he would run an additional 5km home bringing his total distance up to around 25km. I was happy just to attempt 15km as this was to be further than I had run in the VFF’s before and, with a few niggly aches, could have turned into a bit of a trial by fire for me.
Anyway, I met Simon as planned, we had a quick chat and then we set off, talking all the while. I think we chatted for the entire run, it felt good to have some company on a long run and the kms passed easily. I was aware that he is a much quicker runner than I and felt I was slowing him down. He very graciously replied that it was good training for him as he needs to learn to pace himself.
I left him 15.5kms later, back where we started, for him to run his additional 5km back home. I’m pleased to report that my feet and legs survived and (currently) feel OK. The Garmin misbehaved again today, resetting itself to zero and stopping – something I only noticed about 11kms into the run, so today’s distance has once again been worked out manually on Running Free Online. It seems the Garmin is also struggling with Juneathon. So, a big thank you to my running partner for the day for being so patient with slow old me and helping the kms pass so enjoyably. And that is day 12 in the bag.