Posts Tagged ‘Around The World In 80 Days

06
Mar
11

never mind the ballots

Ah, what a week! Firstly, I received an e-mail from a friend of mine who is training for his first half marathon and was going to be in the area so would I like to go out for a run on Tuesday evening. And as much as I enjoy running on my own (or with Mr Palin – more of which later), I jumped at the chance to have a run and a catch up chat. We gossipped and ran and still covered over 7 miles at an average of about 9 min miles although I reckon we could improve on that if I could actually stop talking for long enough on the uphills to draw breath.
Also, plans are being finalised for this years Great Eatingtrees / Hauling My Carcass Road Trip: he has sorted routes there and approximate timings as well as supplying us with a race route complete with elevations (total elevation approx 18metres… over 21.1kms -so pretty flat!), Mrs Hauling My Carcass is in charge of finding us sights to see and places to visit in the few hours that we will not be running, sleeping or eating and I am in charge of post race meal and My Birthday Lunch en route on the journey back. It’s all looking fairly splendid and the fact that we are driving there turns this into a bit more of an adventure which I think we are all looking forward to. Prague in 2009 had cobbles, shisha and belly dancing into the early hours. Lisbon had a beautiful but ill-fated race for us both, bad transvestites and fish being sold from car tyres outside our hotel. I can only imagine what The Hague will hold…
The tail end of the week brought 2 e-mails in quick succession: The first informing me that I had been unsuccessful in my application for this years Royal Parks Half – the first time I will not run it since the first one in 2008. The second was a lovely reply from the Kenyan restaurant in The Hague that I’d tried to book for our post race meal, confirming our reservation. A quick text informing HMC of these two facts elicited a pragmatic reply that basically said that the £45 we’d saved by not being able to enter RPH could now be spent at the Kenyan restaurant post City Pier City. Then I posted a comment on Facebook about my RPH no-go and was met with many replies and suggestions for alternatives I could enter (thanks Adele, Shaun, Susan and Paul). So it now looks like the Maidstone Half Marathon could be the new RPH, falling as it does, dangerously close to my friends 40th birthday… and what better way to celebrate his impending Mid Life Crisis?
And so to todays run, run as last week, under the influence of Palin. We’re now in and around Hong Kong and Shanghai and, once again, I got to the end of my run feeling as fresh as if I’d covered half the distance and not the 19.4kms that I had actually covered.
This time next week, City Pier City will be in the bag and I will be “refueling” Kenyan style.

Soundtrack to this post: Paradise Circus – Massive Attack

27
Feb
11

just me and michael palin

A lunchtime ten miler on Thursday left me feeling a bit deflated. It seemed like a looooong run, my thighs were tight and towards the end, I began to get bored.

There have been a few things posted recently about running with podcasts and audiobooks and the idea had been rattling around inside my empty head for some time but it wasn’t until a chance, texted comment about audiobooks from Hauling My Carcass on Saturday morning that I seriously considered it. There then followed a to-ing and fro-ing of texts (a “textversation”???) about potential titles. Jo Nesbo’s The Leopard? No… requires too much concentration and is probably too harrowing. The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy? Mmmm… not convinced. Then Hauling My Carcass suggested something by Michael Palin. It was a Goldilocks moment – not too hot, not too cold but just right.
Not such a long time ago, I would’ve jumped on the motorbike and headed off to the nearest bookshop in search of the audiobook but, thanks to the magic of the internet and a broadband connection, Around The World In 80 Days was downloaded whilst I watched The Killing on BBC4 and dropped onto my mp3 player late last night. A quick check confirmed that quality was OK and that the chapters ran in the correct order and so to bed.

This morning I headed out accompanied not by the driving madness of The Prodigy or the intensity of Killing Joke but by Michael Palin’s reassuring Oxbridge tones. We started our journey in Pall Mall and by the time he had reached Venice, I had settled into a comfortable pace and was enjoying zoning out to tales of far flung places. For me, this book is the perfect running accompaniment: It is easy on the ear, enjoyable to listen to and, if you don’t quite hear the odd word or phrase, you do not have to rewind to check if you have missed an important intricacy in the plot. I knew roughly how far I had run at any given point as the route is fairly familiar but did not need to check the Garmin. I was happy just to continue running whilst Mr Palin regaled me with his travelogue.

I got to the end of my run still feeling fresh. It was a touch ( and we are talking mere seconds) slower than last weeks run around almost exactly the same route but I felt envigorated not weary. Mr Palin had made it almost as far as India but the Garmin reported that I had accomplished just 17.02kms.

Soundtrack to this post: Twist & Crawl – The Beat




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