and finding only grey skies today. Second run of the year, just going where the legs took me.
London is slowly returning to its pre-Christmas normal. The fake German market huts have gone, the lights are down, but the tourists are still around and an awful lot of post-Christmas runners are skipping around the City.
I made my way through the City and towards the Strand, the pavement traffic was light and I was nicely light on my feet, turning south, I wanted to run by the river. Ooh it’s a bit windy and I am ‘joined’ by a running group. They are four and on my heels, but I have solo ninja power to aid me and I keep them at bay. But like wolves circling their prey, slowly, relentlessly they hunt me down and overtake in a swoosh near Tate Modern. I try to pick up the pace but have a slightly dodgy right hamstring, which having read up on Dr Google is another runner’s ailment beginning with ‘p’. I take a chance to have a breather and read up on this new ‘p’ ailment – it apparently can be due to overrunning (mmm I wonder how that happened), or lack of flexibility (okay hands up).
A bit of random stretching is in order, and I do have a right real pain in the bum – literally. Oh that’s another sign of this ‘p’ ailment. I decide to slow the pace and do a jogette back to base. The only light blue I saw was on the Tower Bridge railings, but my mood is not blue, it was a lovely run and an appointment has been made to see a physio on Thursday.
First singles ever being tested.
Ride A White Swan – TRex
How Long – Ace
Living For The City – Stevie Wonder
Living Doll – Cliff Richard
Maggie May – Rod Stewart
Baby, Stop Crying – Bob Dylan
It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me – Billy Joel
Bedsitter – Soft Cell
As Long As You Love Me – Backstreet Boys
The Things We Do For Love – 10cc
Babe – Take That
I’m Not In Love – 10cc
Mississippi – Pussycat
mmmBop – Hanson
Take A Chance On Me – ABBA
Hello This is Joanie – Gary Brown
Changes – David Bowie
The Bump – Kenny
Killer Queen – Queen
Cool for Cats – Squeeze
Keep On Running – Spencer David Group
Life On Mars – David Bowie
Creeping Death – Metallica
Transmission – Joy Division
Hippy Hippy Shake – Swinging Blue Jeans
Take My Breath Away – Berlin
Average Pace 6:25
Elevation Gain 85 metres
Cumulative 16.5 kms (this is 16.5km more than I managed this time last year, so it’s not exactly bad news)