Distance: 3 miles
Time: 40 mins approx
Soundtrack: Greatist Hits by Groove Armada
Oooh, I had my first ‘moments’ with other runners today! I don’t know why, but I never see anyone on my evening runs – perhaps all the people round here that run are morning people? Oh, tell a lie I did see a girl in a pink top once but she was v fast and v far away – it was a blink and you miss it moment.
Anyway, as I was saying, today I saw TWO runners, and one of them I saw TWICE! Encounter no1 was at the start of my run, I decided to do my normal 3 mile route the other way around, so big hill at the beginning then fairly flat until little hill at the end. I left my house at 3.45 ish, forgetting I live round the corner to a senior school, so spent the first few minutes dodging gangs of yoofs and Mums cars parked skewiff on the pavement. It was chucking it down, but rain doesn’t bother me when I run as I find it keeps me cool and other people are too busy dodging puddles to pay attention to me huffing and puffing up the road! Where was I, oh yes my runners moments:
ENCOUNTER No1 happened at the bottom of the big hill, I was swerving to avoid a group of kids, and I saw a man running towards me. Mid 50s fast pace, strong looking legs, looked like he’d been running all his life. He was wearing shorts (shorts?!?!) a light running top and a hat. I was wearing running tights, a T-Shirt, a fleece, my London Marathon waterproof (more on that later), a hat and gloves. I felt like the beginner I am. I had to turn right to go up the hill, and as I was thinking ‘shall I just turn quickly, that way he can pretend he hasn’t seen this sight that must burn his eyes and mock his dedication’ he sped up, caught my eye, gave me a big smile and a little wave of his hand! *gasp* He had acknowledged me, as a FELLOW RUNNER! Totally made my day!
Quick bit on London Marathon tops. Sure there must be other people out there like me. I have entered the ballot 3 years runnning now and not got in. I always opt for the ‘give you entry money to charity and get a free souvenir top’ route, so I am the proud owner of a black and grey Flora London Marathon training fleece (from 2008 entry), a red waterproof Virgin London Marathon training jacket (from 2009 entry) and a white waterproof Virgin jacket from last years entry. I have seen a couple of people out running in the fleece but never in either of the others until today which was:
Encounter No2 when I was about 1/3 through my run. I was on a nice flat, straight bit when through the murk of the rain and dusk I saw this white thing coming towards me. It was a bloke – I suppose about my age, wearing the white LM training jacket and just a pair of shorts. He didn’t look as comfortable as the other guy did, but still had strong looking legs (I do like a man with good legs!) and for all I know could be at the end of a 10 mile training run! As we passed he lifted his hand at me and nodded his head. *gasp* He, TOO, had acknowledged me as a fellow runner!
I then had
Encounter No3 which was with the same man from encounter No1 – he must have been doing a similar route to me, however he had done just under 2 miles in the time I had done just over a mile. Oh well, at least I’m out! He gave me a little smile that seemed to say ‘yes, we are doing the same route, yes I am much quicker than you, but keep going, you’re doing OK!’..not quite sure how I got that from a smile but I did, so I gave him a wave and a very goofy but cheery HI!!! He probably thinks I’m special now – and so do I but in a different way!
I was in 2 minds about running today as I have had a chesty cough the last few days that doesn’t seem to be going away, but I am SOOO glad I did. Not only do I feel better for it but I also feel like I took a step towards being part of my local running community…maybe I should think about going back to the running club I tried for a couple of weeks last year…
Janathon Stats so far:
Days gone: 7
Days I have run: 7 – woohoo!
Total miles (incl cycles): 21 not a bad start
Am pleased with my 1st week – am aiming to increase the mileage next week perhaps to around 25.
Well done everyone – 1st week crakced!!