These words are kindly borrowed from Mr Paul Simon. The first verse actually goes:-
Slip slidin’ away
Slip slidin’ away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you’re slip slidin’ away
And that is what is happening to me, – I am getting ever closer to running the year, but the run pace is eluding me. I think too much effort and not enough focussed training, before I started this challenge is now probably starting to bite. I find I can’t run fast even if I want to. For sure, unless you are an elite athlete, there’s a trade off between speed and distance. I’m not beating myself up about it, just observing I can’t have both.
With that in mind I set out this morning, having looked at the weather forecast which said Arnhem was at 1 degree – can’t be true I thought, then I saw the frost – aha looks like the forecast was accurate after all… I set out on tarmac trails today, having in mind to run to Osterbeek which is about 5kms away, on a slower pace. However the famous JCR satnav kicked in and I was actually running in the opposite direction. I decided therefore to do a run I’d enjoyed last year, which was to go to the Arnhem War Memorial and Cemetery. I wrote about this last year – the Brits are popular in this area because of Operation Market Garden, and the cemetery is in lovely tranquil spot and makes me stop and think.
My trail today was uppy and downy, as was my pace. I was passed and accompanied by many a runner today, all of us in hats and gloves and long running tights. For my first 2km I ran towards the Burgher’s Zoo, where already folk were queuing to get in. I took my photo of the rather cute rhino and continued on. It was at this point I realised my JCR satnav was awry, and I made my way back from whence I came.
By now the sun was a little stronger and the frost was melting, as was my resolve to do 10km. The gremlins had made their way onto my shoulder and a 5km run out seemed tempting, not least because of the thought of an excellent breakfast back at J &G’s.
Nonetheless I set my steelometer to a higher setting than wimp, and continued on my way. So many people out and about on a very cold Autumn morning, some on bikes – the classic Dutch shopping types, then I got passed by at least two groups of MAMIL racers, but very respectful.
At the memorial park and cemetery, a number of folk had started to assemble and were looking at the graves. Somehow it didn’t seem quite right to be there in my dayglo hat and running gear, so I maintained a respectful distance. Then my fruit based technology started giving me a minor heart attack, saying it only had 13% battery left. A frantic closing down of apps ensued and I retraced my steps back home.
At Restaurant Trix my eyes were playing tricks on me, I thought I saw my friend J running towards me, but no, just another tall lady in dayglo.
My run was done, and just a touch over 11km. Slow, but sure, so I may be slip slidin’ away from speed, but I’m slipping inexorably to that target.
Famous names list
Michael Caine – Madness
There’s A Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis – Kirsty MacColl
Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
Geronimo – Sheppard
Grace Kelly – Mika
Joan of Arc (Maid Of Orleans) – OMD
Just Like Jesse James – Cher
Free Nelson Mandela – Soweto Singers
Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz
Prince Charming – Adam And The Ant
Bruce Lee – Robbie Williams
Andy Warhol – David Bowie
Black Man Ray – China Crisis
Electric Barbarella – Duran Duran
Barbie Girl – Aqua
Walks Like Rihanna – The Wanted
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) – Scritti Politti
Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
Jackie Wilson Said – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Frank Sinatra – Cake
The Ballad of Tom Jones – Space and Cerys Matthews
Michaela Strachan – Scouting For Girls
Marilyn Monroe – Pharrell
Al Capone – Prince Buster
Victoria – The Kinks
Average Pace 7:49
Elevation Gain 96 metres
Kms Run 1774.91
Kms To Run 243.09