In case anyone is wondering, this is not me. It’s Kim Kardashian in her workout gear. Some of you may know that my running is an attempt by me to:-
- get fit/stay fit/don’t become a lard arse
- become the older Kim Kardashian komplete with a Kardashian Kulo
- and this year raise some funds for Alzheimer’s Research by running the year, that is 2018km
The first two points are of least importance obviously, but it seems that my attempt to raise funds for Alzheimer’s has been given a helping hand by Runner’s World magazine. In September, I had a photoshoot and interview with RW in central London, all about my Alzheimer’s Challenge – but I thought they’d decided against using it as I never heard any more. According to my running friend, it’s in the December edition and is a good piece with nice pics… One tiny issuette, I haven’t actually seen it, so my new found fame as a potential Kardashian is not quite working to my hugely thought out PR plan…
If my attempt to become a Kardashian is not up to much, then I am delighted to report that my attempts to run the year, now feel more tangible than they have done. I can see the outstanding kms reducing and it feels good.
Today was a planned recovery 5k. Mr JCR said it would be good to have some pics of me running and so I staged some running shots for him, before setting off on my ‘short/recovery’ 5k. Aah yes JCR, so caught up in my own photoshoot hype that I set off down the Bitch of a Pitch. That in itself isn’t the problem, but what goes down has to come back up and it’s just over 3kms downhill, which meant my ‘easy’ 5k now needed a 2km back up the hill and we live at about 250m above sea-level…
As you all know, organisational logic isn’t necessarily my strong suit, and I decided that I wouldn’t run back up the Bitch of a Pitch, but that I would take the long Laundry Lane route home, pretty much the same elevation just a longer winding route to do it. This became a striptease run, after 1km the hat came off – I’d forgotten it’s windier at the top of the hill – we’ve only had the house for 15 years, so you’d think I’d remember that fact! Doh.
Second km, the gloves came off, third kilometre the running jacket was removed and the hat and gloves secreted in its pockets. At Km 4 just starting in Laundry Lane I rolled up my running tights to just under knee level. My ‘look’ was nowhere near like KK’s in terms of chicness, and I wasn’t going to strip naked as she is famous for doing. Yes I looked like the older K Klan sister who is hidden in the Kloset, to ensure the Kardashian brand isn’t tainted. Krappy Kardashian as I Kould be known was on the run in Laundry Lane.
Laundry Lane has a series of hairpins, that makes you feel as though it’s not too bad when you’re on it, but the fact remains you still have to do the climbing, albeit not at a 15% gradient. Trading the gradient for distance meant that my short 5km recovery run, became a slightly longer 7.6km run, gaining 146 metres in elevation (I walked the rest of the distance and height)
Still Krappy Kardashian was happy with the Klimb and it’s another chunk towards the challenge. And some of my lovely, lovely running Krew on Couch 25K have donated to the challenge and also one Mummycav cited me as being an inspiration to them. I’ll take that over being Krappy Kardashian any day.
To all my C25K buddies, including my very latest and generous donors – helenwheels and tbae, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
This is from my animals oriented list dedicated to Sheps and Poppy Pug from C25K
Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats
I’m Free – The Soup Dragons
Take It To The Limit – Eagles
All Together Now – The Farm
Money – The Flying Lizards
Dirty Harry – Gorillaz
Caravan of Love – Housemartins
Whatever It Takes – Imagine Dragons
Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime – The Korgis
Dancing On The Ceiling – Lionel Ritchie
Daydream Believer – The Monkees
What Have I Done To Deserve This – Pet Shop Boys
Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men
Black Betty – Ram Jam Band
Can You Dig It? – The Mock Turtles
Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran
S-S-Single Bed – Fox
Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
For Your Love – The Yardbirds
Average Pace 7:31
Elevation Gain 146 metres
Kms Run 1709.53
Kms To Run 308.47