A recap, yesterday’s run fantastic, everything achieved that I wanted to do with a nice pace, great weather and my running mentor joining me virtually even though she’s poorly. That was a ‘posh bird run’ through many nice parts of London.
Today, a little more prosaic. I have three errands on my ‘to do’ list all of which could happily be done by phone, but I thought it would be more fun to do them by run.
The three were:-
Dentist Appointments – the joys of living between two countries means there’s a constant stream of admin to organise when you return ‘home’
Track down a specific skirt – I know, hardly a task, but still it was on my to do list
Organise haircut and colour – the badger stripe is appearing, it has to go
The omens were good, the weather even nicer than yesterday, which is a real bonus in the City in Autumn, grey is the de facto colour of the sky and it does tend to ‘grey’ your mood somewhat.
I left home and took a circuitous route to the dentist – job done. Fab, all within 2kms of home, now a run towards Oxford Street and I am aiming towards Marylebone Street – not the High Street, but a smaller street in parallel, this is where Richard my genius hairdresser can be found. It’s about 4kms away, if you wiggle a bit on your route map. I arrived not too sweaty, (having made a respectable 6.5 minutes/km pace) to enter a posh hairdressing salon, but it didn’t matter about my sweatiness or otherwise – no-one was at home. No grey skies here, but if I don’t get that appointment, way too much grey on my head will be appearing.
Oh well, his salon is close to a shop that I need to check out for this mystery skirt. The assistant did look somewhat askance at me in my dayglo top and capris, standing amongst the finery for the Winter party season. I was amidst a sea of sparkling sequins and leopardskin print. Frankly in my more blingy moments, this would be Retail heaven. (I do have to rein in my inner Bet Lynch, from time to time)
I asked and she said no they didn’t have it, was I sure it was them? For sure, I didn’t look quite like their usual clientele. After some faffing with my phone I was able to prove that I hadn’t imagined this skirt, it did exist – except it was summer stock. Perhaps I could try an outlet store; I am convinced that she was doing her best to be helpfully snooty or snootily helpful.
Okay – that’s errand number three blown out. Maybe I should just concentrate on the running instead, that seems a lot more successful. I made my way home this time via Marylebone Lane and the fantastic VW Rouleaux shop – one of London’s retail secrets. If you want unusual ribbons, trimmings etc for any occasion, this is the place to go. For Christmas they ‘had blinged up’ the outside with gold oak leaves and acorns, as shown on the pics. I often go in there for a mooch around, but figured that in the present running kit, perhaps wouldn’t suggest a woman interested in ribbons ’n’ trimmings.
Okay JCR, head straight, trainers propelling forward, heading for home. I was slower today than yesterday, but that’s not unusual on Day 2 runs. My runnerchondria hip, is aching a touch, but it just has to hold on for 5 more weeks and then it gets a rest.
Errands attempted 3 vs. errands successfully completed 1. But another 12km in the bank which means Mission Failed turned out to be rather successful after all.
Second try out of best cover versions
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’ Connor
Kiss – Art of Noise and Tom Jones
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Tainted Love – Mark Almond, and Marilyn Manson versions
I Only Want To Be With You – The Tourists
You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins
Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Hallelujah – Alexandra Burke
Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
Motorhead – Motorhead
Sweet Dreams, You’re So Vain – Marilyn Manson
Whiskey In the Jar – Thin Lizzy
Kids In America – Foo Fighters
Stand And Deliver – No Doubt
Feed My Frankenstein – Alice Cooper
Amish Paradise – Weird Al Yankovic
911 Is A Joke – Duran Duran
Faith – Limp Bizkit
War – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Take Me To The River – Talking Heads
Cats In The Cradle – Ugly Kid Joe
Live and Let Die – Guns ’n’ Roses
Average Pace 6:58
Elevation Gain 35 metres
Kms Run 1839.45
Kms to Run 178.55