Strictly speaking it should be a tale of three drivers. The first driver being my need to make up for yesterday’s laziness and actually get over the 1900km mark on today’s run.
Bad news was a migraine haze flickering in my right eye, good news was the combination of some nuclear grade tablets, a mug of tea and an hour later, it had gone. And an hour later so had I, out of the door into the City and heading towards Trafalgar Square, which for some reason seems to be a favourite run of mine at the moment.
Fleet Street was virtually empty and really easy to run down, no breeze today and clear pavements – bliss. I was in a nice stride and heading towards the Strand when driver number two came to my attention.
A guy in front of me was doing the mobile phone zombie walking thing – looking down at his phone and he stepped out into the road without looking. The Tesco delivery driver slammed on his brakes and instead of hurling abuse at the pedestrian, smiled and gestured for the guy to continue crossing. The pedestrian looked a bit embarrassed and put his hand up, then the driver indicated that I should cross too. What a nice chap. A pleasant delivery driver in London, who would have thought that was possible?
I was thinking how nice that was and up I came to the next junction controlled by traffic lights. It was on green – a number of us started to cross, then a Black Mercedes S Class was being driven around the corner over the crossing. I looked at the driver and indicated the lights were green for us and he mouthed back ‘No, they’re red’ and continued driving. What an arse he was. Now I wish I’d had the presence of mind to take a photo of the car.
I admit London is confusing at junctions, but it’s a Sunday, and (even in London prior to Christmas) the traffic was quite light, therefore no excuse. I wish a plague of diarrhoea on him over the festive season, so he gets caught short in that nice Mercedes of his.
Now that my runner’s cursing was complete, I made my way to Trafalgar Square, where the street artists were doing their thing. The two guys who chalk on flags of the world, Yoda again with his faded green tunic, and this time no man sitting on his shovel, but a gold devil masked man sitting casually. I’m not entirely sure how many people would actually pay to have pictures with him, as he looks quite sinister. Bombing past I made my way up the Mall, hooked a right to Northumberland Avenue and made my way home, via the nice blingy Christmas tree at St James. This was about 6.5kms in, and now the pedestrian numbers were increasing. Spectators were gathering for the Changing of The Guard ceremony, and my pace slowed to a crawl, trying to get past people.
I came the way I started via the Strand, Fleet Street and St Pauls – no sign of Bev’s mojo today, but I do think she may have stopped via St James and taken heart at the blingy tree.
Today it was a nice cool 11kms, and I’ve just ticked over the 1900kms mark. Next milestone is the 1918 mark, so I’m on the 100 and fewer track. Can’t wait and I have a new pair of trainers on the way, so that will give me an even bigger bounce in my step.
Tainted Love – Marilyn Manson
Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart – Almond and Pitney
Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
All Along The Watchtower – Afterhere
Hurt – Johnny Cash
I Fought The Law – The Clash
Motorhead – Motorhead
Personal Jesus – Marilyn Manson
Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This – ditto
Kids In America – Lawnmower Deth
Feed My Frankenstein – Alice Cooper
Bring Your Daughter… – Iron Maiden
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Tight Fit
Ever Fallen In Love – FYC
War – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
San Jose – ditto
You’re So Vain – Marilyn Manson
Dear Prudence – Siouxsie and The Banshees
Don’t Leave Me This Way – The Communards
I Drove All Night – Cyndi Lauper
Small-town Boy – Bronski Beat
Cats In The Cradle – Ugly Kid Joe
Live and Let Die – Guns ’n’ Roses
Aint Necessarily So – Bronski Beat
The Sound of Silence – Disturbed
Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm
Come Together – Michael Jackson
Money – The Flying Lizards
Born To Run – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Feeling Good – Muse
I Feel Love – Bronski Beat
Halo – Harper Blynn
Average Pace 6:38
Elevation Gain 55 metres
Kms Run 1904.44 – over the 1900 mark!
Kms To Run 113.56