11 July – Week 3 Run 2 – Strangers, Stingers, Sirens and Shades of Scarlet

The morning started a little earlier when Mr JCR got up at 5am to do a cycle trip around our Region today. By 6am I was wide awake and instead of waiting for Mr Smooth’s invitation to get my trainers on, I was ready and out the door and it was already 25 degrees!

My route means I meet the same people most times – the couple where the lady has had some kind of operation and is on crutches – helped by her husband on what I think is probably gentle physio, there’s an old chap wearing 118 ad style running shorts doing a light jog, and a young guy taking a Heinz 57 dog for a walk. Being in Italy, it would be rude not to acknowledge them, so we all do a variation on buongiorno. It does however get difficult because my route is circular and I tend to meet up with them all a second time, so we all do a second acknowledgment – a weird grunt noise – a short version of buongiorno, which ends up sounding like no. In fairness to me, on the last part of the run a grunt is about all I can manage anyway. In Italian – I am known as a straniera (stranger), but it seems odd now – I don’t know these guys, they don’t know me – but surely we’re not strangers any more?

An occupation hazard of living in the country, is no pavements and very windy narrow lanes – think Devon and Cornwall type, coupled with the famed Italian Ferrari driving style and just sometimes you can come a cropper. So this morning’s adventure on a blind bend was an unscheduled brush with stinging nettles – oh joy – I am adding that to the already itching mosquito bites from Sunday.

The great bit about this forum, is you learn stuff all the while, so I have been utterly perplexed at a ringing noise going off on my phone during my sessions. I had exhausted all my ideas – mail alerts, WhatsApp alerts, calendar alerts etc – you get the picture, then in one of our recent posts, someone ‘WB’ mentioned the half time alarm bell. Thank you  for saving my sanity. :)

Finally, yesterday amongst my usual pile of junk mail – I received an e magazine telling me that anyone wanted to sell their house this Autumn would be advised to redecorate and a coat of paint is just the ticket. Deep rich colours are the in thing, so I checked out Dulux’s colour chart and my face post run is either Salsa Red or Monarch. As I get fitter I am aiming for either Sorbet or Raspberry Diva

According to Mr Smooth, my stamina should be increasing – he just doesn’t seem to mention face colour though….


Marvin Gaye – Puth and Trainor

Secret & Talking Loud and Clear – OMD

Lucky You – Lightning Seeds

Strong – London Grammar

Maid of Orleans (twice in succession) – OMD

She’s Electric – Oasis

Save a Prayer – Duran Duran

Glory Days – The Boss

F..K You – Cee Lo Green

Perfect – Lightning Seeds

The Reflex – Duran Duran

By the Way – Red Hot Chillis

Wishing Well – Terence Trent D’Arby

Common People – Pulp



Distance 4.77Km

Time 47.12 mins

Average Pace 9.53


Originally posted 11 July on Health Unlocked

Looking back now, this was when I first started enjoying the running and was noticing a bit more of my surroundings and the folk I saw. Oh and yes the colour chart makes its first appearance…


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