20 Oct – Red, red wine…

Wife Directing Husband..


Thanks to UB40 for the tune and the lyrics that are most relevant to me:-

Red, red wine, goes to my head,
Makes me forget that I
Still need you so

Yes, red wine goes to my head,  but now not in a good way  – after a week of abstinence, one glass and a half of red wine brought about the dreaded pick axe migraine, whilst I was still drinking the stuff! A day and a half later the pickaxe disappeared and it doesn’t matter how much I like red wine, I hate the migraines even more.

Therefore I cannot forget, and must forgo drinking red wine, which is a bummer, as I love red, especially in the Autumn and Winter.

Yesterday’s run was made after my final dose of paracetamol to quell the pounding in my skull. Day 1 = 10km.

I took a slightly different route from usual, going first of all to my usual Mill Lane, Lovers’ Lane and back home on the Slope of Hope,  from there and in front of me I saw three people all kitted out in their best walking gear, going for a stroll in the Marche countryside. Our little village actually has a tourist organisation (the Pro Loco) and ‘man from PL’ was leading the group. I buzzed past him, and received a cheery good morning. He was the last person I saw for about 3km, until Laundry Lane when I came across a husband and wife team harvesting their olives. I asked if I could take a photo and they said it wasn’t a problem. The man is holding a rake tool, which is powered and has a compressed air motor to gently ruffle the twigs so the olives drop, We can’t have tree shakers for the olives as they do too much damage to the trees.

I continued my pootle; Babbo Natale drove past and waved at me, making me smile once more and I continued for a quick pitstop for coffee and brioche at my usual cafe stop. After that, I made my way to War of The Worlds Lane, to finish my run. Not a soul around, all quiet even though it was a Saturday morning, no sign of hairy biker man or Artur, so I plodded onto finish just over the 11km mark.

It was a lovely morning, and a nicer run, no twinges, no rain,  not too much sun and a sedentary pace. What a lovely way to start the weekend, it certainly banished the memories of the icepick migraine.

Oh and I tried out my ‘famous names – extra cut’ playlist, so this was my inaugural run using it.


I’m Henery The Eighth I Am – Herman’s Hermits

Flash – Queen

The Ballad Of John and Yoko, Eleanor Rigby, Lady Madonna – The Beatles

Doctorin’ The Tardis – The Flag

Romeo and Juliet, Calling Elvis – Dire Straits

So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright – Simon and Garfunkel

I Just Shot John Lennon – The Cranberries

Motorhead – Hawkwind

Elvis Impersonator – The Manics

Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry

Delilah – Tom Jones

Elvis Ain’t Dead – Scouting For Girls

Layla (twice) – Eric Clapton

Clair – Gilbert O’Sullivan

Genghis Khan – Iron Maiden

Lily The Pink, Burke and Hare – The Scaffold

Maid Of Orleans, Pandora’s Box – OMD

Oh Yoko – John Lennon

Uma Thurman (twice) – Fall Out Boy

Stan – Eminem and Dido


Distance 11.04km

Time 1:22:51

Average Pace 7:30

Elevation Gain 192 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1691.81 (1700kms I have you in my sights)

Kms to Run 326.19






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