It’s a Saturday and it’s a six number on the clock. Ouch for a teenager in sleeping habit, early morning starts are definitely a tough challenge. Maybe not quite as tough as climbing Everest, or circumnavigating the world by pedalo, but on my ‘ I’d rather not’ list.
Today is Part 2 of the Rainbow Relay Challenge with the Facebook Beyonders running group, of which I am a happy, but amateur member. We are divided into teams and each day one team member does a run for 19 minutes and logs their distance, passing on the baton to the next team member. Last time out I managed 2.66km in 19 minutes in a cool, flat London.
This time round, it’s not about the overall distance, but whether you can exceed your last run and by how much. There’s no ‘minus shaming’ , so if you can’t manage to do more, then that’s fine. My plan was to do my warm up walk, and start my run doing at least 10 minutes so that I was nicely warmed up, for my 19 minute stint.
It’s hilly here, and it’s not cool. The challenge to exceed my time and distance marker last time out was not going to be easy.
Plan going swimmingly, on my warm up walk, I was passed by a nice collie dog accompanied by his owner Iron Man
We made our usual ‘buongiornos’ and continued each on our own way. Up via Lovers’ Lane, past the barking beagle house, where I received my usual cacophonous welcome but I saw they were out and about, so no jumping in mid air for me. No-one around just me and no music today, and I decided to run naked, to aid focus on stopping Map My Run at 19 minutes – which is not easy to do either:-
- The app is on my phone
- The phone is in an armband – with a handy window for pressing the buttons
- The handy window no longer works, so you have to remove the armband and
- Remove the phone and enter the security code
- Go to the app and see if you’re close to 19 minutes (it only does time reminders every 5 minutes, therefore giving squeaky bum time during the last 4 minutes when you’re not quite sure how far in you are)
- Put the phone back if you haven’t reached the 19 minute mark – and reverse steps 1 and 2
- Complete steps 1-6 and repeat as necessary until 19 minutes is reached
- Take a screenshot to prove what you did
I started my Team Violet run in The Hill That Kills, and made sure I was running quite fast (well fast for me) to maintain momentum and so I could make sure I didn’t let Team Violet down. Onto the Bendy scary road, and I dart into Lovers’ Layby (the alternative destination for lovers who can’t be arsed driving another couple of kilometres for ‘the love’ in Lovers’ Lane) to avoid the number 73 bus. In fairness he’s quite a nice bus driver, he usually steers a wide berth, but sometimes with oncoming traffic that’s not possible, still I always feel nervous when the bus is around.
There’s another blind bend coming up and a tradesman’s pick up truck whistles past, I can feel the hairs on my arms stand with the draught. Listening to my breathing I’m conscious that I’m pushing it a little too much and should slow down, there’s no point in me blowing up on the challenge. Luckily the shade remains and I spend a happy few minutes trotting along with nothing to do /see. Then in the distance I spy Inappropriate clothing man only thank goodness, he is riding up the hill as I am running down, and hallelujah he is wearing black cycling shorts. 😉
My alarm goes and I’m chuffed to bits – I’ve exceeded my last run – 2.92km in 19 minutes…
Now lets see how Team Violet does overall – we won the challenge last time, so standards need to be maintained!
Distance 2.91km plus the 1.7km I did on the earlier part
Time – well what difference does it make? – I did do 2.91kms in 19 minutes
Yup – except for the stuff requiring a yoga mat
I managed 43 continuous skips… but I did also manage only 21, 10 and 7 in my previous attempts
None – all naked running