13 Oct – It’s Never Too Late for An Eight

clear wine glass
Is this my nemesis?


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



Distance 8.31

Time 1:05:04

Average Pace 7:49

Elevation Gain 76 metres 

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1648.06

Kms to run 369.94

12 Oct – Hot or Cold?


I had cold feet about getting up for my run – mainly laziness. But the weather was hotting up, so after much faffing I finally got out. What a glorious October morning, 18 degrees, sunny, no breeze and very little traffic around.

The usual long run route from home to the coffee shop, taking in the delights of Mill Lane, Lovers’ Lane, The Hill That Kills, Bendy Scary Road, Royston Vasey, Fish Shop Village and Bin Lane.

At Bali, I spotted the roses basking in the morning sun, and they were beautifully fragranced too. Summer’s last rays of sunshine encouraging the late flowering.  This was quite prophetic for my run, as I was a little slow on my feet at this point, I think the September reduced runs are having an impact and I’m a little less used to doing longer distances. Still October will get me back on track. The downside of the sun, is that the pesky biting insects are around and I’m nursing two bites on my legs which line up perfectly with my capri seams. It’s not an elegant run when I have to stop for a scratch and hope that no-one sees me.

Onto Royston Vasey and I smiled when I saw the hot water bottle cover on the washing line – at this point it was about 20 degrees and it seemed really incongruous, given I was boiling hot and rolling up my capris to cool down somewhat.

At the 6km mark, the late flowering came into effect personally and I managed two kilometres at under 5.50 pace, which is quite a rate for me, especially in the sun. Eminem and ‘Lose Yourself’ did help as it’s one of my favourite running tracks, then All Saints made an appearance with ‘Never Ever’ which also kept me trotting along nicely. Of course this pace wasn’t sustainable, but it’s the first time in a while I’ve done sub 6 minutes per km.

Bin Lane came into view and I had to slow down, but another 10km clocked on the challenge, on a day that started with cold feet and ended up with a happy hot runner.


Ju-Ju’s 90’s Playlist

Get Here – Oleta Adams

Don’t Need The Sunshine – Catatonia

Say My Name – Destiny’s Child

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Never, Ever – All Saints

Love Is All Around – The Wets

Barbie Girl – Aqua

Believe – Cher

Wannabe – Spice Girls

Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor

The Power – SNAP!

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

Move Any Mountain, Ebeneezer Goode – The Shamen

I See You Baby – Groove Armada

Devotion – Nomad

The Key, The Secret – Urban Cookie Crew

Everybody’s Free – Rozalla

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Dub Be Good To Me – Beats International


Distance 10.44km

Time 1:08:00

Average Pace 6:30

Elevation Gain  47 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1639.75

Kms to Run 378.25




10 Oct – Who Knew?


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


Distance 5.33km

Time 37:30

Average Pace 7:02

Elevation Gain 35 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1629.31

Kms To Run 388.69


9 Oct – Running Mathematics


Target 10km

Achievement 11km

Result  = 1km put in the running bank and 1 smiley runner


The weather has improved and my weather playlist seemed appropriate as it was a fun run in the sun.

Misty Blue – Dorothy Moore

Thunder Road – The Boss

It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Nik Kershaw

Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman

Mr Blue Sky – ELO

Ain’t No Sunshine – Lighthouse Family

Thunder In My Heart – Meck and Leo Sayer

Purple Rain, Thunder – His Purple Highness

Downpour  – Backstreet Boys

Sunshine After The Rain – Berri

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina And The Waves

Boogie Shoes – KC and The Sunshine Band

Cold As Ice – Foreigner

Sunny – Boney M

Lightning Bolt – Jake Bugg

The Real Slim Shady – Eminem

Summer Breeze – The Isley Brothers

Cold Cold Man – Saint Motel

Warmth – Bastille

Sunshine On a Rainy Day (twice)– Galimar

Boogie Nights – Heatwave

House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals

Cloudbusting – Kate Bush

Lightning Strikes – The Black Seeds



Distance 11.11km

Time 1:21:49

Average Pace 7:21

Elevation Gain 87 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1623.98

Kms to Run 394.02 -brilliant  Im now on the threes…

8 Oct – Babbo Natale is Back

Babbo Natale 


Sunday was a run day, and it became reordered due to a pesky migraine. I did get up late to do my run at 10 o’clock – evening not morning – Sunday therefore became a ‘no run’ day. I estimate I’ve lost about 100km this year due to migraines, which is somewhat irritating but the situation is improving, so fingers crossed that’s the limit of impact reached.

Today’s run needed to be a good one on distance to make up for the slippage. Mr JCR promised to pick me up at the cafe, giving me a +/-10km target for today.

Monday’s are always sleepy and today was no different. Up to Mill Lane the crunch of leaves and a few slippy acorns underfoot led me into Lovers’ Lane. Ahead of me Mr & Mrs Walking Sticks, I’ve seen them a few times over the summer, I think they must do mid-morning walks as I rarely see them early on in the day. Mr WS was very polite and stepped out of my way when I pootled past and on my return loop, they both said buongiorno.

Down the Hill That Kills and onto the Bendy, Scary Road, I was warming up nicely and then tasted my water. Eeeuuggghh it was full of saline – we evidently have an issue with our water softener, as this is the second time in a week. Okay never mind, just focus on getting the run done without water – luckily as it’s cooler I don’t need as much so it’s hardly a crisis. As I was wiping my mouth one of the many Puntos  here passed me – it was Babbo Natale and he tooted me. My assumption is that it was a toot of recognition rather than irritation.

Onto fish shop village, just about hitting the 8km mark and I was passed by a very bright lime green cyclist, talking on his mobile phone, whilst he was being overtaken by a car. Brave or stupid – you decide.

Up to Bin Lane where all was quiet and my run passed without incident – after the 9km mark a little dog joined me for a jog – he lasted about 25 metres and then turned back home. He was much nicer than the nasty, yappy, jumpy dogs in Argo’s loop. Finally, I hit 10km on the All Roads Lead To Rome road, and whilst my legs were a bit tired, I felt I’d had a lovely run out, seeing Babbo Natale and meeting a new dog friend, oh and passing the 1,000 mile mark which, for the curious amongst you, is 1609.34kms.


Disco Divas

Ring My Bell – Anita Ward

I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie – Baccara

Cruel Summer – Bananarama

Sunny – Boney M

Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton

I Feel For You – Chaka Khan

Hot Stuff – Donna Summer

Love Come Down – Evelyn Champagne King

Rhythm Is Gonna Get You – Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine

Pul Up To The Bumper – Grace Jones

Ain’t Nothing Going On But the Rent – Gwen Guthrie

Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown

Funkytown – Lipps Inc

Borderline – Madonna

Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

Stir It Up – Patti LaBelle

Jump, I’m So Excited – Pointer Sisters

Car Wash – Rose Royce

Ain’t Nobody – Rufus and Chaka

Let The Music Play – Shannon

Lost In Music – Sister Sledge

How Will I Know – Whitney Houston


Distance 10.42km

Time 1:11:13

Average Pace 6:49

Elevation Gain 43 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1612.87

Kms To Run 405.13 ( three hundreds in sight!)




6 Oct – Eight Ferraris


on the country lanes.

Today, Autumn decided to arrive. Yesterday we had sunshine and 20+ degrees, today’s it’s skirting 14 and misty, which has put paid to my ideas of running in shorts. Winter running gear is taking its place.

Having decided to reorder my day and do things differently (according to Mr JCR, I just couldn’t be arsed getting up) I wombled out shopping, taking the bendy, scary road to fish shop village.

On my approach, I heard a large throaty rumble and a glorious procession of Ferraris went past, low slung, sleek, fast and sporty, I counted each one as they went past and there were eight.  Some of the villagers applauded and said brava/bella – the love of the home-grown sports car is alive and well in Le Marche. I’m always looking for some inspiration or focus for my runs and a Ferrari per km was a perfect target for me.

Meeting Mr JCR after his cycle ride, I donned my dayglo and set out. My hips are a bit achey and I wasn’t too sure I’d be hitting the 8km, but as I warmed up they improved. I did a loop of the Slope of Hope, the Hill That Kills, Lovers’Lane, Mill Lane and back to the house. There I saw a large black Mitsubishi, who appeared to be stalking me. As I ran up the hill he stopped driving and watched, when I turned back he crawled to the gates of our house. I crossed the road – then he crawled behind me and turned off into a cutting. I turned back to take a look and he stopped his manoeuvre and continued along a track. Curiouser and curiouser – I think he was probably lost because the track he was taking would lead him to a closed restaurant.

I did half of Mill Lane and turned back to Argo’s Loop, where I caused mayhem running past the beagle kennels and the house with the horrid, happy, barking, manic dogs. At this stage I’d done about 5km and the hips seemed a little less sticky. I continued to Laundry Lane and saw the lovely trees turning colour for Autumn and then my running rhythm appeared and I had a glorious 4km run. It wasn’t particularly fast, but I wasn’t aiming for speed – the Ferraris had done that this morning. This old banger was just happy to have met her 8 Ferrari target, because I’ve just snuck over the 1600km mark.


Joan of Arc, Live and Die – OMD

The Reflex, Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran

Marvin Gaye – Puth and Trainor

Purple Rain – His Purple Highness

All These Things, That I’ve Done, Andy You’re A Star, Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers

Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty

Rock the Casbah – The Clash

World In Motion – New Order

Rain On Your Parade – Duffy

Disco 2000 – Pulp

Blasphemous Rumours, Dreaming of Me – Depeche Mode

Avalon – Roxy Music


Distance 9.32km

Time 1:08:27

Average Pace 7:20

Elevation Gain 89 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1602.45 – yay!

Kms to Run 415.55



4 Oct – Chicken on a Zebra


I have some running to do, to make up for the good living of September. This morning saw me up and out, slightly earlier than yesterday but not much.

Autumn in Le Marche is a time when lots of work gets done after the ferocity of heat in Summer and prior to Winter’s grip. This is why I guess, none of my usual running buddies such as Anouska and Albino, Dame Duvet are around. Or it could be that I am so late out, they’ve done their thing already!

A very quiet run today, 3 cyclists and one cat seen, the cyclists all nodded – the cat didn’t. But then that’s cats all over.

I was better dressed this time out – short sleeved tee-shirt and capris, therefore no need for me to repeat my Compo look thank goodness.

A gentle pootle down the Slope of Hope and onto the Bendy, Scary Road, leaves crunching underfoot. Someone please tell me how did I manage to trip over a twig? After giving myself a shake and concentrating a little more, I came across the half-painted zebra crossing. In Italy you take your life into your hands on a zebra, there’s no guarantee that people will stop; you regularly play a game of chicken with the oncoming traffic. This zebra is upping the ante on excitement/danger, you’ve got to be even more confident of the traffic stopping given that it runs out halfway across the road.

Luckily for me, an old gentleman stopped to let me cross – no chickens were harmed in the making of today’s run. I was about 4kms in at this point and continued my pootle onto fish shop village. Again, very quiet and my pace was easy. Bin Lane, came and went and so did the 8km marker.

Chicken for dinner, maybe it crossed the road without the aid of a zebra?


From my new famous names playlist

Michael Caine – Madness

Geronimo – Sheppard

Grace Kelly – Mika

The Joker – Steve Miller Band

Clint Eastwod – Gorillaz

Prince Charming, Picasso Visita El Planeto De Los Simios – Adam And The Ants

Sherlock Holmes – Sparks

Joan of Arc – OMD

Rasputin – Boney M

Bruce Lee – Robbie Williams

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

Walks Like Rihanna – The Wanted

Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer

Buddy Holly – Weezer

Al Capone – Prince Buster

Dear Prudence – The Beatles

Victoria – The Kinks

Frank Sinatra – Cake


Distance 8.56km

Time 1:01:03

Average Pace 7:07

Elevation Gain 37 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1593.13

Kms to Run 424.87



3 Oct – Sign Of The Times*


Sunday – Migraine

Monday – Remainder of Migraine

Tuesday – Pouring Down

Wednesday – A Run in the Sun

Route today – patrol outside our house, Mill Lane, Lovers’ Lane, Hill That Kills, Bendy Scary Road, War Of The Worlds Lane.

Heat and sweat levels high due to badly chosen wardrobe choice – leggings and base layer. Shorts and a tee-shirt would have been much better, hence a mid-run wardrobe adjustment, rolling up legs of leggings a la Compo from Last Of The Summer Wine.

In this sartorial elegance, I was stopped by a motorist on the bendy, scary road.

Motorist – Signora, please stop there is a problem with this road sign

JCR – scusa (I didn’t hear him properly and thought he was talking about the post office – entirely different sounding words – my Italian is rubbish at times)

M – this roadsign is in the middle of the road and is dangerous

JCR – ah yes

M – do you know whether the road is closed?

JCR – no I have not long returned from holiday and don’t know

M – maybe this is a joke, who put it there?

JCR – I don’t know

M – why is it here?

JCR – I don’t know

M – it is dangerous

JCR – Yes

M – he shrugs and drives off

I am still utterly perplexed as to what he thought I could do about it, maybe he just wanted to share his frustration or maybe he was warning me, but I was on the other side of the road and unaffected by it.

I was wearing stripy leggings a la Compo, and a plain top – no fluoro or dayglo to be seen, so I couldn’t have looked like a council worker… Is my future Autumn running to be punctuated by random chats with strangers?


Common People – Pulp

Barbara Ann – Beach Boys

Darling Nikki – His Purple Highness*

Girl From Mars – Ash

Parklife – Blur

The Reflex, Girls on Film, Save A Prayer – Duran Duran

Live and Die – OMD

Unbelievable – EMF

Everything Must Go – The Manics

Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll – The Killers

Crazy in Love – Beyoncé

Born To Run – The Boss

Get Dancin’ – Disco Tex And His Sex O Lettes

Wishing Well – Terence Trent D’Arby

Night Fever – Bee Gees


Distance 10.72km

Time 1:14:08

Average Pace 6:55

Elevation Gain 50 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Done 1584.57

Kms to Run 433.43