Today I went mojo hunting for my running mate who has lost hers. I didn’t find it in Islington yesterday, but I’m not sure the fish shop was ever a likely location. This morning however, the stars were aligned, I was wombling my way towards Trafalgar Square and running along Fleet Street, when I saw Shoe Lane – if ever there was a place for a running mojo to be hiding, I am guessing it could be here. And then of course I was actually on Fleet Street – another hint perhaps as to the whereabouts of the missing mojo.
I continued on to the Strand, where even though it was morning the Christmas lights were twinkling away merrily. This particular mojo is purple I believe and likes sparkly things so of course I had to stay with it and I was only about 3.5kms into my run.
I was convinced the mojo may have visited Trafalgar Square, thinking that a bit of Nelson’s courage may have rubbed off and she would have decided to go back to Yorkshire. Despite some impressive lions, Nelson himself, there was a Yoda, a man sitting on a spade and ‘Death’ with his scythe – the last three were hardly good luck portents, and frankly pretty rubbish frozen statues. No sign of a mojo here, we need something a little more in keeping.
And so it was, I ended up in Covent Garden, a humungous Christmas tree outside, twinkly lights on the inside and the most glorious mistletoe and baubles hanging from the ceiling. This definitely felt like the place a mojo would visit, then I saw some mojo confetti lying around. She’d left a trail obviously. Without further ado I picked up some of the confetti and sent it back to Yorkshire, because I think the mojo might be missing it.
The street artist outside Covent Garden was telling everyone they were having a good time and I was. I enjoy looking for mojos, even though when mine goes awol, it seems a lot harder to find.
Dear running mate, when your parcel of mojo dust arrives, I am sure your mojo won’t be that far behind.
The numbers playlist
Lucky Number – Lena Lovich
5705 – City Boy
One Day Like This – Elbow
One More Time – Daft Punk
Five Years – David Bowie
She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
Nine To Five – Sheena Easton
Perfect 10 – The Beautiful South
10 Lovers – The Black Keys
Swords Of A Thousand Men – Tenpole Tudor
People in Love – 10cc
The Eleven Rap – Dark Punk
21 Seconds – So Solid Crew
Thirteen Sad Farewells – Stu Larsson
Fourteen Rivers Fourteen Floods – Beck
Fifteen – Taylor Swift
Edge of Seventeen (twice) – Stevie Nicks
19 – Paul Hardcastle
21 Guns – Green Day
I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles – The Proclaimers
When I’m 64 – The Beatles
Disco 2000 – Pulp
80s Joint – Kelis
Love Shack – B52s
96 Tears – ? And The Mysterons
Average Pace 7:32
Elevation Gain 53 metres
Mojo – dust found and sent back home
Kms Run 1855.26
Kms To Run 162.74