Run date: Thursday 28 July 2016
Set-off time: Around 10.30am
Pace: 9.4 mins/mile
Distance: 5.4 miles
Total run time: 51 mins, 15 secs
Terrain/landscape: A largely undefined towpath, like a flat trail run
Weather conditions: The coolest of the week, cloudy, rain/sun/wind-free
The route: Straight up the towpath, then a 2.5 mile walk back for a warm-down and slightly crazed catch up with Leah. My Asics app GPS wasn’t playing ball but I managed to work out my pace with my phone’s pedometer and my old cheapy Casio timer, which the internet then corroborated.
Music of choice: None! But I could have done with the distraction from my lacerated heel – caused by a combination of my Asics shoes and running socks getting to the end of their time on the 8 mile the other day. Youch:
Also since we’ve been spending the last few days on Moonshadow, our bargey beast, I’ve had the same triad of moon-related earworms buzzing round my head: ‘Moonshadow’, by Cat Stevens (obviously), Savage Garden’s ‘To the Moon and Back’, and ‘Moon Dance’ by Van Morrison. And quite frankly I’ve had my fill of all of them.
So as I ran on I forced all my concentration energies into a shuffled replay of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ in my head, which kind of worked.
Fuel? A bowl of Mini Shredded Wheat and some dried fruit an hour before, and a cup of tea. Last night I also necked a venison steak, which seemed like a solid choice. But there was also the Pinot Grigio, which I am avoiding today.
To sum up: It felt like it took a little while to get going, especially with the painful heel, but it seems it was a fairly swift effort, even with having to slow down for gates and stiles.