that Babbo Natale is actually a running coach?
Not me for sure, I saw him on my recovery run today, and not only was he on his moped, but he was shadowing a lady runner as she did some circuits. All this time, he’s been leading a double life – delivering presents at Christmas and a running coach for the rest of the year.
But I am somewhat perplexed – anyone who has seen my progress in running, would see I am probably in need of some coaching too and he has kept schtum. The one thing I can say is that I was running marginally faster than the other lady, although I was on the 4km mark and nicely warmed up, whereas she looked as though she’d just started. Maybe I should put personal coaching from Babbo Natale on my Christmas list.
Today’s route took me up Mill Lane, Lovers’ Lane and a sleepy Villa Bali where a guy was sunbathing on the grass – rather him than me – there’s lots of biting insects around at this time of year. I’m nursing bites received through my lycra!
At the 3km mark I took a detour to Argo’s loop and managed to sneak past the beagle kennels, without them stirring and then past the horrid yappy dog house, where I got past and they started barking once I’d gone. Onto Laundry Lane and there was Babbo Natale doing his secretive running coaching. He waved and smiled as I ran past in the other direction. After 0.5km I looped back and saw him once more, and he said Ciao. Shortly after my 5km target was reached. Recovery run done. Now Babbo Natale – what did you think of my technique and stride length?
Une Nuit A Paris – 10cc
Is This The Way To Amarillo – Tony Christie
London Calling – The Clash
Maid of Orleans – OMD
Belfast Child – Simple Minds
California Dreamin’ – Mamas and Papas
Avalon – Roxy Music
Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
San Francisco – Scott Mackenzie
Go Wild In The Country – Bow Wow Wow
Downtown – Petula Clark
Africa – Toto
Average Pace 7:02
Elevation Gain 35 metres
Kms Run 1629.31
Kms To Run 388.69