Saturday Run – Done and Written Up
Sunday – 25 people for lunch – utter carnage – wonderful!
Monday – clear up the carnage – not so wonderful… 😦
Tuesday – Must Run, as we are leaving Italy tomorrow and travelling to Holland.
It’s warmish and I have timeish to go running, so I do. Okay, planning is all when going for a run. Perhaps it would be helpful to have noted down when your lady cleaner is coming to help you clean up the house before leaving.
I finish my warm-up, run towards Mill Land and a car is coming towards me, the driver waves. So do I, the driver stops and shouts ‘Jan, have you forgotten I am coming at 9am?’ – ah yes I have indeed forgotten.
A run back to the house to get that organised and then a slight panic sets in, I have agreed to meet Mr JCR later on at a specified time and place after my run is finished. Frantic, if confused exchange of messages, leave the lady cleaner behind and restart the run. Onto Mill Lane and Villa Bali, after the confusion at Villa JCR, all is quiet and tranquil. I appear to have my slow legs on today, and in truth it’s a bit of a plod. I do find if I take a couple of days rest, then my pace suffers as a consequence. At the 3km mark, I am wondering if my legs have enough stuffing to do 10km.
I have a 60s inspired soundtrack to help me – although some of the tracks are as slow as I am, which is not good for speeding up. I aim towards the Bendy, Scary Road and it’s still quiet, I see the happy, smiley lady and she nods. This is the sum total of excitement on the run today. My route takes me through Royston Vasey, and no-one is around – it’s difficult to say your goodbyes when everyone has disappeared from view.
At just over 7km, I turn off into War Of The World’s Lane and at last I see a real live human being. Two of them in fact, but one is a young guy helping a much older guy to do a gentle walk. We exchange ‘Salves’ and I move on. I am back in the wilderness again, running on my own, listening to 60s music and the gentle thud of my feet. I’d really hoped to be able to say good bye to a few of the usual folk I see, but I guess I will have to settle for saying ‘hello’ next year. I do hope Anouska and Albino, Babbo Natale and Dame Duvet have a lovely winter. this is my last Italian run for 2018, if I am lucky I will do two(possibly three) runs in Holland before returning home to London, to finish the challenge.
I wanted to reach 1750km by the end of October if I could, and I just about snuck over the line. More work to be done, but the finish line is getting that much closer…
Ode To Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry
White Room – Cream
Runaway – Del Shannon
Poetry In Motion – Johnny Tillotson
My Girl – The Temptations
Oh! Carol – Neil Sedaka
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – The Righteous Brothers
Let’s Spend The Nigh Together – the Rolling Stones
The House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals
What Do You Want – Adam Faith
Take Good Care Of My Baby – Bobby Vee
Dream Lover – Bobby Darin
The Locomotion – Little Eva
Walkin’ Back To Happiness – Helen Shapiro
Blue Velvet – Bobby Vinton
Happy Together – The Turtles
Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers
No Regrets, The Sun Ain’t Going To Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers
That’s Life – Frank Sinatra
Chain Gang – Sam Cooke
Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Frankie Lymon
Sherry – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Be Bop A Lula – Gene Vincent
He’s So Fine – the Chiffons
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson
Shout – Lulu
Tell Him – The Exciters
Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry
Leader Of The Pack – The Shangri Las
You Were Made For Me – Freddie and The Dreamers
Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison
Average Pace 7:46
Elevation Gain – 14 metres
Kms Run 1753.17
Kms To Go 264.83