16 Oct – Haven’t The Foggiest

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This is not the view on my run, but this is nicer!

Tuesday morning  and the upsides:-

  • yesterday was rest day
  • I don’t have a migraine
  • it’s misty, which makes it easier to run as it’s not so hot

Downside:-

  • GPRS gets confused

And how GPRS got confused today! Map My Run claimed I ran 81.18kms in one hour and 6 minutes my new personal best of 48 seconds a km. Take that Usain – who is the lightning bolt now? How I wish any of that was true – the distance, the speed and the elevation gains were all over the place.

But this was a well-trodden path; luckily I have on a previous  run recorded this route and the distance was not lost. I started out happily onto Mill Lane – no-one there. Lovers’ Lane and Bali – no-one. Hill that Kills – no-one. Bendy, Scary Road – no-one. Royston Vasey – no-one. War of the World’s Lane – at last humankind is in sight, I thought everyone had been abducted by aliens. There ahead of me was Hairy Biker Man and Artur his dog. HBM was wearing blue tinted aviator sunglasses, Artur just his collar,  and me wearing a bemused look. It was foggy, why was HBM wearing sunglasses? But then, Italians in my experience, always manage to look cool, and he did, although I would have looked ridiculous wearing them in the fog… 🙂

I don’t know him well enough to ask, I’m only really on petting terms with Artur and it seems a tad impertinent to ask. Arthur is 4 years old and likes a long walk, his un-named companion dog was at home as she is 15 and not up to the long walks.

It was nice to see them and stop for a chat, except for one slight thing, I had been running quite pacily and this was definitely an unscheduled stop, but a nice one nonetheless. Clearly, HBM and Artur each had a magnetic field to attract more folk out, because shortly after I saw my first cyclist and then two walkers.

Lovely, misty run – not 81kms but a touch over 10km, nor was it a lightning bolt run, but it’s not bad for an old girl!

Playlist

Mummycav playlist – thanks Bev for reminding I hadn’t played this in a while

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Layla – Derek And The Dominoes

Darling Nikki – Prince

Ophelia – The Band

Queen Of Clubs – KC and The Sunshine Band

Uma Thurman – Fall Out Boy

St Xenia – Katina

Oh Yoko – John Lennon

Teresa – Eddie Cochran

Alison – Elvis Costello

Eloise – The Damned

Sherry – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Francine – ZZ Top

Helena -My Chemical Romance

The Jean Genie – David Bowie

Poison Ivy – The Lambrettas

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Caroline – Status Quo

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Kayleigh – Marillion

Maggie May – Rod Stewart

Wendy – the Beach Boys

Zoe Jane – Staind

Stats

Distance 10.08km

Time 1:06:05

Average Pace 6:33

Elevation Gain – 47 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1664.56

Kms to Run 353.44

 

 

14 Oct – The Search For Red October Goes On

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Bin Lane isn’t all bins…

 

or more precisely red October’s migraine source. Sunday morning, Mr JCR is off cycling at ridiculous o’clock despite us not getting home until after 2am. I wake up and the red mist has already descended, not anger – but another effing migraine or maybe it is the remainder of yesterday’s making itself felt once more, with hazy sight and an icepick attacking my retina.

Having vowed off the rose, my total alcohol consumption as the self-designated driver last night, was three sips of prosecco and one sip of sweet fizz, to toast the birthday girl. This is hardly the stuff of conspicuous consumption or an alcohol dependency, but clearly something is not agreeing with me.

I’ve stopped the HRT, which seemed to help. I’ve cut down on my alcohol consumption, to the point where I feel both virtuous and virtually teetotal, yet the sledgehammers and pickaxes are  still attacking me.

I didn’t eat chocolate yesterday, nor cheese – two of the favoured food migraine triggers. Maybe it is just one of those things, I am miffed, really miffed. I don’t understand why all of a sudden it’s a problem. Had the MRI scan – nothing, had an eye test only this week, in case it was a case of eye strain/similar – nothing.

Or is it just a case of WMAS? Whatever it is, I do wish it would go away. Losing half your day to a pounding head is a complete and utter waste of time.  Okay rant over – I did manage to get out and fortunately I only had a planned 5km to do.

A quick route to the café saw me take in Royston Vasey Ridgeway, where out of the village I spotted road markings for the local running club’s annual 12km/5km/dog walk/fun walk event. The arrows indicated the 12km route – they were pointing uphill to some particularly nasty gradients. Luckily for me my plan was more modest and not up those pesky hills…

I took it slowly to avoid increasing the pounding in my head and entered fish shop village, where to my embarrassment the finish gate for the event was still in place. I snuck around the back of it, so it didn’t look like I was a running ‘bandit’. There were quite a few fit looking folk carrying their medals and goodie bags, which we were told contained a pair of running shorts and a bag of pasta.

I managed to pootle off without attracting any attention and continued a gentle pace to Bin Lane and beyond. At the café I met Mr JCR – he’d kindly dropped by to rescue me from the walk home up the Bitch of a Pitch – funnily enough she doesn’t seem quite as bad in the car.

6kms done, despite red October’s provocation – and a dry week beckons in the name of finding out whether being virtuous gets rid of migraines.

Playlist

Planet Earth – Duran Duran

Glory Days – The Boss

See You – Depeche Mode

Rumour Has It – Depeche Mode

You Love Us – The Manics

Night Fever – Bee Gees

All Those Things I’ve Done – The Killers

Let’s Stick Together – Bryan Ferry

Let’s Go Crazy, Darling Nikki, When Doves Cry – His Purple Highness

Stats

Distance 6.42

Time 43:45

Average Pace 6:49

Elevation Gain 12 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1654.48

Kms to run 363.52

 

 

13 Oct – It’s Never Too Late for An Eight

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Is this my nemesis?

 

Thump, thump, thump goes my head and yes another migraine, funnily enough after having drunk some wine last night. That’s the sum total of 1.5 glasses of rose and a snifter of prosecco. Today’s reward for last night’s indulgence is an ice pick headache – oh joy.

I’ve tried running with headaches and it is too painful, the pounding of your feet seems to worsen the pounding in your head. I have one nuclear grade migraine tablet left before we get back to London, so settle for an unhealthy dose of  Paracetomol instead. 5 hours of sleep later at 2pm, I rise to go for my planned ‘morning’ run – given the headache is now just a muffled thud, I decide a gentle trot is in order.

I appear to have missed another beautiful morning, we still have temperatures of 20 degrees+ with glorious sunshine to boot. I take my time down the Slope of Hope and pootle up the Hill That Kills, onto Lover’s Lane where I find numerous picnickers taking advantage of the last of the ‘summer’ sun. Some hunters are loading their beagles and guns back into their 4X4s – I’m not sure where they hunt, as most of the land in this area is agricultural and hunting is specifically banned if you are displaying the appropriate notices.

They overtake me on my run back up Lover’s Lane  and we part company, I aim back towards Mill Lane and take the Slope of No Hope back up towards Argo’s Loop.  I manage to do my stealth ninja impersonation past the beagle kennels, but failed miserably going past the yappy house, where the horrid monsters did their usual leaping and barking and received an Angle Saxon tongue-lashing for their trouble. I’m not entirely sure the lady of the house knew what I was saying to her dogs, but she must have known from my tone of voice that it wasn’t complimentary.

I took Laundry Lane to complete my run, – I had in plan to do 8km and just squeaked past that at 8.3km. It was very slow today, but I forgive myself as I really wanted to get out and a slow eight km is much much better than nothing at all.  Another night out tonight, I think I’ll be passing on the rose.

Playlist

The C25K Mentor List

Keep On Running – Spencer Davis Group

Snail – The Smashing Pumpkins

Happy Pharrell Williams

Smile – Lily Allen

Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini

Smile – Gregory Porter

Nowhere Fast – Eminem and Kehlani

Hey You The Rock Steady Crew – Rock Steady Crew

Compression – Francesco Digilio

To Jan – Leonard Anderson (aimed at a c25K mentor not me!)

Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer

Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush

Ju Ju Man – Dave Edmunds

Marathon – Rush

The Streak – Ray Stevens

There Are More Questions Than Answers – Johnny Nash

The Winner – Status Quo

Rise – Thea Gilmore

Tread Softly – Tiny Ruins , Hamish Kilgour

Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty

 

Stats

Distance 8.31

Time 1:05:04

Average Pace 7:49

Elevation Gain 76 metres 

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1648.06

Kms to run 369.94

12 Oct – Hot or Cold?

 

I had cold feet about getting up for my run – mainly laziness. But the weather was hotting up, so after much faffing I finally got out. What a glorious October morning, 18 degrees, sunny, no breeze and very little traffic around.

The usual long run route from home to the coffee shop, taking in the delights of Mill Lane, Lovers’ Lane, The Hill That Kills, Bendy Scary Road, Royston Vasey, Fish Shop Village and Bin Lane.

At Bali, I spotted the roses basking in the morning sun, and they were beautifully fragranced too. Summer’s last rays of sunshine encouraging the late flowering.  This was quite prophetic for my run, as I was a little slow on my feet at this point, I think the September reduced runs are having an impact and I’m a little less used to doing longer distances. Still October will get me back on track. The downside of the sun, is that the pesky biting insects are around and I’m nursing two bites on my legs which line up perfectly with my capri seams. It’s not an elegant run when I have to stop for a scratch and hope that no-one sees me.

Onto Royston Vasey and I smiled when I saw the hot water bottle cover on the washing line – at this point it was about 20 degrees and it seemed really incongruous, given I was boiling hot and rolling up my capris to cool down somewhat.

At the 6km mark, the late flowering came into effect personally and I managed two kilometres at under 5.50 pace, which is quite a rate for me, especially in the sun. Eminem and ‘Lose Yourself’ did help as it’s one of my favourite running tracks, then All Saints made an appearance with ‘Never Ever’ which also kept me trotting along nicely. Of course this pace wasn’t sustainable, but it’s the first time in a while I’ve done sub 6 minutes per km.

Bin Lane came into view and I had to slow down, but another 10km clocked on the challenge, on a day that started with cold feet and ended up with a happy hot runner.

Playlist

Ju-Ju’s 90’s Playlist

Get Here – Oleta Adams

Don’t Need The Sunshine – Catatonia

Say My Name – Destiny’s Child

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Never, Ever – All Saints

Love Is All Around – The Wets

Barbie Girl – Aqua

Believe – Cher

Wannabe – Spice Girls

Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor

The Power – SNAP!

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

Move Any Mountain, Ebeneezer Goode – The Shamen

I See You Baby – Groove Armada

Devotion – Nomad

The Key, The Secret – Urban Cookie Crew

Everybody’s Free – Rozalla

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Dub Be Good To Me – Beats International

Stats

Distance 10.44km

Time 1:08:00

Average Pace 6:30

Elevation Gain  47 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1639.75

Kms to Run 378.25

 

 

 

10 Oct – Who Knew?

 

that Babbo Natale is actually a running coach?

Not me for sure, I saw him on my recovery run today, and not only was he on his moped, but he was shadowing a lady runner as she did some circuits. All this time, he’s been leading a double life – delivering presents at Christmas and a running coach for the rest of the year.

But I am somewhat perplexed – anyone who has seen my progress in running, would see I am probably in need of some coaching too and he has kept schtum. The one thing I can say is that I was running marginally faster than the other lady, although I was on the 4km mark and nicely warmed up, whereas she looked as though she’d just started. Maybe I should put personal coaching from Babbo Natale on my Christmas list.

Today’s route took me up Mill Lane, Lovers’ Lane and a sleepy Villa Bali where a guy was sunbathing on the grass  – rather him than me – there’s lots of biting insects around at this time of year. I’m nursing bites received through my lycra!

At the 3km mark I took a detour to Argo’s loop and managed to sneak past the beagle kennels, without them stirring and then past the horrid yappy dog house, where I got past and they started barking once I’d gone. Onto Laundry Lane and there was Babbo Natale doing his secretive running coaching. He waved and smiled as I ran past in the other direction. After 0.5km I looped back and saw him once more, and he said Ciao. Shortly after my 5km target was reached. Recovery run done. Now Babbo Natale – what did you think of my technique and stride length?

Playlist

Countries/Places

Une Nuit A Paris – 10cc

Is This The Way To Amarillo – Tony Christie

London Calling – The Clash

Maid of Orleans – OMD

Belfast Child – Simple Minds

California Dreamin’ – Mamas and Papas

Avalon – Roxy Music

Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel

San Francisco – Scott Mackenzie

Go Wild In The Country – Bow Wow Wow

Downtown – Petula Clark

Africa – Toto

Stats

Distance 5.33km

Time 37:30

Average Pace 7:02

Elevation Gain 35 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1629.31

Kms To Run 388.69

 

9 Oct – Running Mathematics

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Target 10km

Achievement 11km

Result  = 1km put in the running bank and 1 smiley runner

Playlist

The weather has improved and my weather playlist seemed appropriate as it was a fun run in the sun.

Misty Blue – Dorothy Moore

Thunder Road – The Boss

It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Nik Kershaw

Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman

Mr Blue Sky – ELO

Ain’t No Sunshine – Lighthouse Family

Thunder In My Heart – Meck and Leo Sayer

Purple Rain, Thunder – His Purple Highness

Downpour  – Backstreet Boys

Sunshine After The Rain – Berri

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina And The Waves

Boogie Shoes – KC and The Sunshine Band

Cold As Ice – Foreigner

Sunny – Boney M

Lightning Bolt – Jake Bugg

The Real Slim Shady – Eminem

Summer Breeze – The Isley Brothers

Cold Cold Man – Saint Motel

Warmth – Bastille

Sunshine On a Rainy Day (twice)– Galimar

Boogie Nights – Heatwave

House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals

Cloudbusting – Kate Bush

Lightning Strikes – The Black Seeds

 

Stats

Distance 11.11km

Time 1:21:49

Average Pace 7:21

Elevation Gain 87 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1623.98

Kms to Run 394.02 -brilliant  Im now on the threes…

8 Oct – Babbo Natale is Back

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Babbo Natale 

 

Sunday was a run day, and it became reordered due to a pesky migraine. I did get up late to do my run at 10 o’clock – evening not morning – Sunday therefore became a ‘no run’ day. I estimate I’ve lost about 100km this year due to migraines, which is somewhat irritating but the situation is improving, so fingers crossed that’s the limit of impact reached.

Today’s run needed to be a good one on distance to make up for the slippage. Mr JCR promised to pick me up at the cafe, giving me a +/-10km target for today.

Monday’s are always sleepy and today was no different. Up to Mill Lane the crunch of leaves and a few slippy acorns underfoot led me into Lovers’ Lane. Ahead of me Mr & Mrs Walking Sticks, I’ve seen them a few times over the summer, I think they must do mid-morning walks as I rarely see them early on in the day. Mr WS was very polite and stepped out of my way when I pootled past and on my return loop, they both said buongiorno.

Down the Hill That Kills and onto the Bendy, Scary Road, I was warming up nicely and then tasted my water. Eeeuuggghh it was full of saline – we evidently have an issue with our water softener, as this is the second time in a week. Okay never mind, just focus on getting the run done without water – luckily as it’s cooler I don’t need as much so it’s hardly a crisis. As I was wiping my mouth one of the many Puntos  here passed me – it was Babbo Natale and he tooted me. My assumption is that it was a toot of recognition rather than irritation.

Onto fish shop village, just about hitting the 8km mark and I was passed by a very bright lime green cyclist, talking on his mobile phone, whilst he was being overtaken by a car. Brave or stupid – you decide.

Up to Bin Lane where all was quiet and my run passed without incident – after the 9km mark a little dog joined me for a jog – he lasted about 25 metres and then turned back home. He was much nicer than the nasty, yappy, jumpy dogs in Argo’s loop. Finally, I hit 10km on the All Roads Lead To Rome road, and whilst my legs were a bit tired, I felt I’d had a lovely run out, seeing Babbo Natale and meeting a new dog friend, oh and passing the 1,000 mile mark which, for the curious amongst you, is 1609.34kms.

Playlist

Disco Divas

Ring My Bell – Anita Ward

I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie – Baccara

Cruel Summer – Bananarama

Sunny – Boney M

Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton

I Feel For You – Chaka Khan

Hot Stuff – Donna Summer

Love Come Down – Evelyn Champagne King

Rhythm Is Gonna Get You – Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine

Pul Up To The Bumper – Grace Jones

Ain’t Nothing Going On But the Rent – Gwen Guthrie

Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown

Funkytown – Lipps Inc

Borderline – Madonna

Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

Stir It Up – Patti LaBelle

Jump, I’m So Excited – Pointer Sisters

Car Wash – Rose Royce

Ain’t Nobody – Rufus and Chaka

Let The Music Play – Shannon

Lost In Music – Sister Sledge

How Will I Know – Whitney Houston

Stats

Distance 10.42km

Time 1:11:13

Average Pace 6:49

Elevation Gain 43 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 1612.87

Kms To Run 405.13 ( three hundreds in sight!)