8 June – Visiting Old Friends



After yesterday’s glorious run, today was somewhat tempered by yet another unwelcome headache. Pill popping is becoming a habit I’ll be happy to break, but given I still can’t track down the actual cause of the headaches, I’m stuck with a paracetamol and ibuprofen habit.

I mooched around the apartment for a bit, doing the unnecessary jobs, just to give me something to do whilst waiting for the medicine to do its thing. Eventually I was ready to go. I’d had in mind a 10k run, to Trafalgar Square and back home. The City is full of busy worker ants as usual and I was darting in and out of them towards the Guildhall and up along Holborn, for a quick detour towards the Inns of Courts. I love this area, because it’s quite quiet and civilised, a little less traffic than normal and mercifully pavements free of mobile traffic jams – or other people as they are more commonly known!

Heading to the Strand the tourist numbers were increasing and I had to keep practising my swerving moves. The Savoy and Simpsons on the Strand, being particularly popular ‘selfie taking’ spots. I didn’t see any fellow runners at all today, just harassed shopper’s being weighed down under handsful of shopping bags.

Today seemed to be the day for school trips too, with me seeing at least three separate crocodiles of children in uniform, being marshalled by what looked like very tired teachers. At Trafalgar Square, Nelson was gazing down upon the throngs and I said hello to him. It’s nice being back, the last time I was here in the Square, it was substantially colder and wintery. I  then made my way through Theatreland and Covent Garden and back to the Inns of Court once more. This was almost 7km in, and I was feeling good and full of beans. Only one fuckwit moment involving a cyclist, who seemed to delight in playing  a game of chicken with me, whilst I was trying to cross the road.

The final kms, were a little slower, mainly because the temperature had risen a bit and there was less shade to be found, and far more people on the streets than my outgoing run.  I could have run a little further, but I have two more 10kish runs planned for this week, so conserving energy is no bad thing.

I promised myself a 10km run to see some of my favourite London spots and I did that too. Simpsons On the Strand – mmm I wonder if I can persuade Mr JCR to go there for Sunday lunch?


Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats

Keep On Running – Spencer Davis Group

Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini

Smile – Gregory Porter

Easy – Commodores

Nowhere Fast – Eminem feat. Kehlani

Love In An Elevator – Aerosmith

Compression – Francesco Digillio

One Step Beyond – Prince Buster

Rest – Charlotte Gainsbourg

To Jan – Leonard Anderson

Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer

Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush

Marathon – Rush

Ju-Ju Man – Dave Edmonds

Question – The Moody Blues

Help! – The Beatles

There Are More Questions Than Answers – Johnny Nash

Fools Rush In – Ricky Nelson

Tread Softly – Tiny Ruins and Hamish Kilgour


Distance 10.31km

Time 1:06:17

Average Pace 6:25mins/km

Elevation Gain 40 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Done 984.70 ( 2 runs away from the magic 1,000 marker)

Kms to Run 1033.30



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