Thump, thump, thump goes my head and yes another migraine, funnily enough after having drunk some wine last night. That’s the sum total of 1.5 glasses of rose and a snifter of prosecco. Today’s reward for last night’s indulgence is an ice pick headache – oh joy.
I’ve tried running with headaches and it is too painful, the pounding of your feet seems to worsen the pounding in your head. I have one nuclear grade migraine tablet left before we get back to London, so settle for an unhealthy dose of Paracetomol instead. 5 hours of sleep later at 2pm, I rise to go for my planned ‘morning’ run – given the headache is now just a muffled thud, I decide a gentle trot is in order.
I appear to have missed another beautiful morning, we still have temperatures of 20 degrees+ with glorious sunshine to boot. I take my time down the Slope of Hope and pootle up the Hill That Kills, onto Lover’s Lane where I find numerous picnickers taking advantage of the last of the ‘summer’ sun. Some hunters are loading their beagles and guns back into their 4X4s – I’m not sure where they hunt, as most of the land in this area is agricultural and hunting is specifically banned if you are displaying the appropriate notices.
They overtake me on my run back up Lover’s Lane and we part company, I aim back towards Mill Lane and take the Slope of No Hope back up towards Argo’s Loop. I manage to do my stealth ninja impersonation past the beagle kennels, but failed miserably going past the yappy house, where the horrid monsters did their usual leaping and barking and received an Angle Saxon tongue-lashing for their trouble. I’m not entirely sure the lady of the house knew what I was saying to her dogs, but she must have known from my tone of voice that it wasn’t complimentary.
I took Laundry Lane to complete my run, – I had in plan to do 8km and just squeaked past that at 8.3km. It was very slow today, but I forgive myself as I really wanted to get out and a slow eight km is much much better than nothing at all. Another night out tonight, I think I’ll be passing on the rose.
The C25K Mentor List
Keep On Running – Spencer Davis Group
Snail – The Smashing Pumpkins
Happy Pharrell Williams
Smile – Lily Allen
Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini
Smile – Gregory Porter
Nowhere Fast – Eminem and Kehlani
Hey You The Rock Steady Crew – Rock Steady Crew
Compression – Francesco Digilio
To Jan – Leonard Anderson (aimed at a c25K mentor not me!)
Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer
Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush
Ju Ju Man – Dave Edmunds
Marathon – Rush
The Streak – Ray Stevens
There Are More Questions Than Answers – Johnny Nash
The Winner – Status Quo
Rise – Thea Gilmore
Tread Softly – Tiny Ruins , Hamish Kilgour
Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty
Average Pace 7:49
Elevation Gain 76 metres
Kms Run 1648.06
Kms to run 369.94