A fellow C25Ker Donna79 on Health Unlocked had posted that life had somehow got in the way yesterday and she hadn’t managed to run as planned, so we did a deal I would run today if she did. And we’d name and shame if the other hadn’t done it. Today was therefore a ‘pride’ run.
My usual invitation from Mr Smooth arrived this morning, but was ignored because we had the door-lock man coming, as a result my run was to be deferred. Somewhat ironically, the front door handle came off last night, so we had to go out to get parts to fix the door to be able to let the door-lock man in! En route to the Ferramenta (Fact: The village Ferramenta is absolutely the best shop in all of Italy), the door-lock man phoned – he had problems so would be with us in the afternoon. Ferramentas are exactly like The Two Ronnies’ Four Candles sketch in appearance and methods, but there’s pretty much nothing that can’t be bought or acquired there.
Back to base, no excuses now running kit on. Warm down walk didn’t exactly start auspiciously – around the first left hand bend I could hear a scooter approaching behind me, it was Greavsie from the barking balcony house. Then in an instant, a Fiat Punto decided that a scooter on a blind bend was in a perfect place to overtake, so he overtook him and I felt the swoosh of air as he passed me a bit too close for comfort. The driver did one of those jerky arm movements and the car lurched back right – I think I frightened him almost as much as he frightened me and Greavsie.
Map My Run mechanical voice lady, told me to start running so I did; up the hill that kills and into Lovers’ Lane. I had decided today I was going to have a go at running Cavendish Hill
Last time I tried this hill I ran down to 1979 in a vain attempt to find Mark Cavendish’s name on the tarmac, but failed as he has been lost in the mists of time and faded paint. I descended downhill and just as I hit the 1990s OMG a swarm of bees ‘crossing’ the road. Well I was amongst them so decided the best thing I could do was to keep my mouth closed, eyes down to the tarmac and hope they didn’t get miffed. I got all the way down to the bottom which I think is dated either 1930 or 1950, again the tarmac is way too faded to tell and I ran up Cavendish Hill. In truth I took 5 mini stops to do it, but it is about an 80 metre gain and Mr JCR’s Strava confirms it is 0.80 of a kilometre. A 10% gradient all told.
Back down Lovers’ Lane, to receive a buongiorno from two guys at the Piadineria, continued to the Hill that Kills, and then down to the Bendy, Scary Road. This is a nice slope down and I’d estimated I might just be able to do my 7km milestone before having to tackle Cavendish Hill again. I was meandering nicely down, the Adria Bus came thundering towards me – having being buzzed twice this morning already I didn’t fancy a close encounter of the third kind, so I stopped and stepped to one side. But miracles do happen he pulled wide of me and gave me loads of room. Not entirely sure what the motorist thought coming the other way though!
Winding down now I knew I had done about 6.5km and then what did I see in the distance, but the entrance to Cavendish Hill, aaarrrggghhh, I hadn’t quite got my calibration right. I entered Cavendish Hill with about 250 metres to do, but I failed to do it one go, had to have a stop. But now I have a new target for Cavendish Hill, to get up with only 4 stops…
Anyway upshot is after being buzzed, by cars and bees and nearly a bus, I am buzzing… 7km done yay!
Oh yes 3 X 11 reps of squats done last night too. Same tonight otherwise King of Squats will be on my case.
Face Colour Monarch Red
Btw Donna79 only went and did it, so no shame for either of us, only fame!
Wonderwall – Oasis
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Perfect – Lightning Seeds
Somebody Told me – Killers
Crazy In Love – Beyonce
(Forever) Live and Die – OMD
Lucky You (twice in succession) – Lightning Seeds
Born in the USA (twice in succession) – The Boss
Blue Monday – New Order
Einstein a Go-Go – Landscape
Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak – Macy Gray
Barbara Ann – Beach Boys
Blasphemous Rumours – Depeche Mode
In the City – The Jam
Na Na Na Na Naa – Kaiser Chiefs
Chelsea Dagger – Fratellis
Average Pace 7.19(mins/km)
Elevation Gain 116 metres