especially when all the billboards are talking about dieting, stopping drinking, not spending money and generally making you feel like January is a month to be avoided.
The pics are the latest art installation in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, this was my end of run pitstop.
To start more correctly at the beginning of the day, I received my usual date reminder from Mr Smooth, but today I had planned some faffing first. I can’t blame Faffolino this time, the faffing was all of my own doing. Bins, laundry, sweater mending, posting parcels, shopping this was my morning faff. To the afternoon and I had to go out, mmm, not very warm, in fact quite grotty, but I saddled up. Obviously I didn’t saddle up, but I did put on my kit ready to go.
Me and Map My Run are still having marital problems, these Mr JCR informs me are to do with GPS accuracy rather than the app, so I am still in counselling and not allowed the divorce just yet. I headed down towards the river, through Old Jewry, wondering if this naming was considered to be rather unpleasant or just factual. It seems that this was indeed part of the Jewish Ghetto hundreds of years ago. As I am old and have Jewish ancestry, I am fine with running through there.
To the river and it’s colder there than I imagined – I head East past Borough Market and towards London Bridge, via the Mayor’s Offices, along some very slippy granite steps. As usual there are lots of tourists taking snaps and selfies against the granite grey sky backdrop. London certainly isn’t looking her finest today. As I hit the exit at the bridge and see the new Bridge Theatre, I decide we should make an effort to see a play there before we return to Italy. Not fancying running through traffic, I decide to turn back and run along the South Bank. Oh yes a man playing a tuba from which flames are appearing – all is normal in London. My run is going swimmingly and I reach the London Eye, aha, a detour is necessary it is all blocked off, I am guessing it is closed for annual maintenance or similar.
I wish I could say it was a nippy detour to St Thomas’s Hospital, but I was flagging at this point, so decided to turn back and see if I could still manage a 10km run. Back towards Tate Modern and I thought a quick peek at the Turbine Hall would be a nice way to finish. As I ran through the door, I was thinking I’d run down the slope then stop and look at the artwork. I’d forgotten that it was the swing playground. ‘You are not allowed to run in here. No running’ , said the security guard. Ouch, I’d been told off for running, it took me back years ago to school and no running in corridors etc.
Here am I trying to keep running and a Security Guard about 30 years my junior was telling me off! He did have a point though, as people were lounging on the carpeted floor looking at the swinging pendulum ball, so no complaints from my side. At this point Creep by Radiohead came on, and so I did – I crept quietly to the back of the hall so he couldn’t see me! The sights made me giggle, and when I was giggling I realised most of the other adults were too; people laughing on the swings whilst friends and relatives took pics.
Of course after a 10km run, a runner needs a cool-down five minutes, and this was mine:-
Modern Way – Kaiser Chiefs
Na Na Na Na Naa – ditto
Ruby – ditto
World In Motion – New Order
(Forever) Live and Die – OMD
Doginabag – The Fratellis
All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers
Talk Talk – Talk Talk
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Warwick Avenue – Duffy
Andy, You’re A Star – The Killers
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Girls On Film – Duran Duran
Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
Is Vic there – Department S
Ruby – Kaiser Chiefs
Fuck You – Cee Lo Green
Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers
Creep – Radiohead
Average Pace 6.14 (mins/km)
Telling Offs – 1
Playing On The Swing – 1
* But I think this may be wrong as the MMR lady said I had done a km in 5.30 minutes and that would be about 30 seconds faster than ever before
Alzheimer’s Challenge 2018
20.96 kms done
1997.04 to go (well I am under the 2,000 so that is something)