16 Mar – Running Errands

Fish features a lot in my running blog, mainly because the fishmonger is about 3km away from home and so it is a convenient place to run to/from for a short trip.

This morning however, I thought I’d run a little further so headed out towards Holborn. Under the Beech Street tunnel, which is currently being re-fitted for a light installation as part of the City of London’s Culture Mile – I was running in and out of lighting gaffers and machines.  This makes a change from the rumble of non-stop traffic.

I aimed for Gray’s Inn Road, to do a loop towards Islington. It was quiet and warm and a lovely morning to be running. At last I arrived at the fishmongers and ordered my fish – Robbie now greets me with phrases like ‘here comes the marathon runner’. He asked me my running plans for the upcoming week and I explained we’d be in Granada in Spain for a short break to see the Alhambra. He then waxed lyrical about free tapas and how great the weather will be there (he is Spanish btw). I then explained Granada is getting exactly the same weather as we will, so it will be cold.

As he said if it’s cold at least the uphill running won’t be too bad. Let’s hope so. Armed with my lemon sole and Cornish crabs, I trotted back home – back again through the Beech Street tunnel to buy bread and cheese.

By this stage I think I was carrying about 5/6kgs of food, whilst running. This errand running is more like weight training. Maybe I need to get a proper errand rucksack for my running?


Tainted Love – Soft Cell

Every Day Hurts – Sad Cafe

Fade To Grey – Visage

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Living On The Ceiling – Blancmange

Eighties – Killing Joke

Liberator – Spear Of Destiny

Trapped – Colonel Abrams

Church Of The Poisoned Mind – Culture Club

Ride On Time – Black Box

It’s A sin – Pet Shop Boys

Gold – Spandau Ballet

Don’t Go – Yazoo


Distance 7.73km

Time 1:00:37

Average Pace 7:50 (mins/km)

Elevation Gain 30 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Done 443.3

Kms to Do 1574.7

TeamRhomboid Torture

mmm still no instructions – better squat and do press-ups then…





15 Mar – The Deluded Conundrum


Having basked in the tired glory of having done 22km over two days, I thought today I would do a nifty 5km.

That was the plan, in my head I was going to semi-sprint (I know – it isn’t a word) around the City and get back home with warm up and cool-down done in about 40 minutes. The principle being, the quicker I get the less time it will take me to do the challenge and leave me some spare ‘non-running oriented’ time.

In my head I was semi-sprinting, in my legs I wasn’t – as became apparent at the end of the run. I came across Fruiterers Passage on the North Bank – I’ve never been in there before and managed a quick pic looking back at the Shard. There were quite a few couples walking and in hand on a nice sunny day in London on the North Bank, all being buzzed by a middle-aged sweaty runner.

Running back home, I passed Polpo – one of the few Italian restaurants in London I’d  actually eat in. They have a festive menu celebrating women’s achievements. I thought it may be worth a visit, then I saw the menu – Broccoli – yuck, Gnocchi – yuck, yuck and Wet Polenta – yuck, yuck, yuck. No conundrum there, I’ll wait until we are back in Italy to eat Italian food.

But my actual conundrum is this – if I can run faster I can get the challenge done without it taking all my spare time and energy. But to move from arthritic semi-sprinting to proper fast running , means I need to do interval training. Interval training is short, sharp sprinting, interspersed with less-fast running. But when I’ve tried this before I can only manage 35 minutes and cover about 3km – and that is far short of my stated 5km minimum run for the challenge. I haven’t got enough energy to be able to do the interval training as well as the challenge, nor would it be healthy, as I wouldn’t be giving my bod any rest time.

The challenge will have to stay as it is, and I will put the idea of semi-sprinting/sprinting into the area of brain for middle aged delusions.


I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club

Cars – Gary Numan

The Tears Of A Clown – The Beat

Trapped – Colonel Abrams

Enola Gay – OMD

I Am The Law – Human League

The Reflex – Duran Duran

Electricity – OMD

Temptation – Heaven 17

All She Wants Is – Duran Duran

Vienna – Ultravox

Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Planet Earth – Duran Duran


Distance 5.58km

Time 35:19

Average Pace 6:19 (mins/km) – absolutely rubbish not sprinting at all

Elevation Gain 40 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 435.6

Kms To Do 1582.4

Team Rhomboid Torture

No instructions there, so I’ll do some squats and something interesting with a kettle bell… (who thought that could even be a phrase?)


14 Mar – Things Can Only Get Better


As D:Ream sang in the 90s  and on my playlist today. Actually I’m not sure they can. I am keeping up my 3% placing in the global challenge run by Under Armour – now up to 144,000 folk worldwide.

The leaderboard is still full of cheating profiles too, but realistically I don’t think I can go any higher. Looking at real people, as opposed to some of the bullshit profiles, it’s clear there are some ultra runners who drop 50 miles as a fun run.

I can’t see me ever thinking of 50 miles as a fun run – that’s a car journey.

Things could get better if only I could grow my legs. I was on the South Bank and a fellow runner loped towards me – his legs were at least as high as the Eiffel Tower and I looked at his stride length. Blimey, I reckon one of his was at last four of mine. If I had his legs, I reckon this challenge would be significantly easier proportionately.

I have checked out whether it is possible to extend your stride length and it is do-able, but takes time and can be problematical, so I better continue with my little baby steps.

So D:Ream how about changing that first verse from

You can walk my path
You can wear my shoes
Learn to talk like me and be an angel too


I can’t run your path
I can’t wear your shoes
I have little legs and am very short too


Get Here – Oleta Adams

Don’t Need The Sunshine – Catatonia

Say My Name – Destiny’s Child

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Love Is All Around – The Wets

Barbie Girl – Aqua

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Wannabe – Spice Girls

Never Ever – AllSaints

The Power – SNAP

3am Eternal, Blue Danube Orbital  – The KLF

Would I Lie To You – Charles and Eddie

Return Of The Mack – Mark Morrison

Move Any Mountain – The Shamen

I See You Baby – Groove Armada

Things Can Only Get Better – D:Ream


Distance 9.20km

Time 1:03:50

Average Pace 6:56 (mins/km)

Elevation Gain 60 metres

Face Colour: Salsa Red

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 430.03

Kms to Do 1587.97

Thanks To Caroline for her sponsorship which brings my fundraising achievement up to 35% of my target.

Team Rhomboid Torture

15 lunges left and right
10 Hollow Rocks
10 Leg Raises

3 times

That is his commandment, what I can actually achieve will be different.

An hour later…

I did all the lunges

I did 1 Hollow Rock and 7 Hollow Bodies (not sets, individuals – I find these very difficult, not having a core at all)

I did 20 leg raises, holding for 10 seconds.






11 Mar – 12 Hours Only One Being Useful


Saturday Midnight – In bed

Sunday 1am – Can’t Sleep

Sunday 2am – Read Saturday Paper

Sunday 3am – Read Sunday Paper

Sunday 4am – Decide Must Sleep – Can’t Sleep

Sunday 5am – 7am – Sleep

Sunday 7am – Wake Up Briefly – Mr JCR going out

Sunday 7am to 10am – Oblivion

Sunday 10 am –  Mug Of Tea

Sunday 11am – More Prevarication

Sunday 11.20 to 12.05pm – Run


Tread Softly – Tiny Ruins, Hamish Kilgour

The Winner – Status Quo

Our House – Madness

Maid Of Orleans – OMD

New Life – Depeche Mode

Temptation – Heaven 17

Love’s Unkind – Donna Summer

Every Breath You Take – The Police

The Sound Of The Crowd – Human League

Dreaming – OMD

Be My Number Two – Joe Jackson

Vienna – Ultravox

Enola Gay – OMD


Distance 6.70km

Time 44:28

Average Pace 6:38 (mins/km)

Elevation Gain 48 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Done 407.22

Kms to Do 1610.78 (I will get below the 1600s this week)

Team Rhomboid Torture

50 Burpees – I actually managed 6… pathetic

100 Push Ups – I managed 30 – better than pathetic, but not much

In 10 minutes or as many as you can do in 1O minutes

or a 45 minutes cardio exercise – which my run above just about counts – Phew….

I will have another go at the burpees, but WMAS in my left arm/shoulder means I can’t really bear much weight at all.






6 March – Resting With Fish


Today is a non-running day and I am allowed to rest, relax and eat as many Portugese Custard Tarts as I like. Except for one tiny thing, I appear to have got dressed in my running gear. A hasty choice of outfit, given an unscheduled video conference call – I thought pyjamas weren’t necessarily giving the right message.

So when wearing running gear, what do you do? Yup you go for a run. So I did, just a skimpy 5k, to buy the fish for dinner. That’s it. The sole and I ran home, I am resting with a mug of tea, she is resting in the fridge, to be made into something resembling the photo above.


Get Here – Oleta Adams

Don’t Need The Sunshine – Catatonia

Say My Name – Destiny’s Child

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet

Barbie Girl – Aqua

Believe – Cher

I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Wannabe – Spice Girls

Killing Me Softly With His Song – Fugees

Never Ever – All Saints


Distance 5.07km

Time 32:46

Average Pace 6:27 (mins/km)

Elevation Gain 27 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 367.9 (yay more kms than days in the year)

Kms to Go 1650.1

Team Rhomboid Torture

As many burpees as I can do that’s it…, except I can’t do burpees.

I did 6 – but my left shoulder is a bit ‘gippy’ and can’t bear any weight.


5 March – Sign Of The Times


Today was a recovery type run after two long runs. I’d decided 5k and no more. As ever, bloody mindedness kicked in and I thought if I could do 5 then I certainly could manage 6. Having listened to tributes to Roger Bannister, I thought I should just get on and out. No fuss, no prevarication today.

And so it was, I ran through the City, dodging burrito-eating men in suits, suited and booted women in heels and loads upon loads of Railway Engineers in their high vis kit – I am thinking the collective noun should be an embankment of engineers. During today’s run it felt like passing a mountain of hi vis flesh – both in height and width.

The City returned to normal after The Beast from The East, in fact it was positively springlike, with smokers no longer huddled in doorways, but casually loitering in shirtsleeves out on the pavement.

In the midst of the suits, was a little hot liquorice legginged runner, who realised that gloves weren’t necessary today, nor was the headband, and in fact the leggings were a bit warm too. But I am not complaining a warmer day means a nicer run, and it was. I did a circuit around the City limits more or less, and on the way home passed the old police telephone box pictured above,  which informed me that the phone no longer worked but if I needed an emergency phone, to use the nearby telephone box.

Except there was no nearby telephone box – damn good job 95% of adults in the UK have a mobile phone I suppose. In fairness I didn’t have an emergency either, I just wondered what the note on the box said.


Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty

I Ran – A Flock Of Seagulls

Talk Talk – Talk Talk

Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears

Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins

Visage – Visage

Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds

You Spin Me Round – Dead Or Alive

I Want Your Love – Transvision Vamp

A New England – Billy Bragg

I Only Want To Be With You – The Tourists

I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty

There Must Be An Angel – Eurythmics


Distance 6.27km

Time 40:07

Average Pace 6:23 (mins/km) – no danger of troubling Roger Bannister here

Elevation Gain 40 metres

Alzheimers Challenge

Kms Done 362.8 (drat, not quite the same number of kms as days in the year)

Kms To Do 1655.2

Team Rhomboid Torture

I am supposed to do

3 sets of 15 reps – squats

3 sets of 15 reps – hollow rocks

3 sets of 15 reps – leg or knee raises

I managed

3 sets of 10 reps – squats

only 3 hollow rocks, with 5 hollow body held for 10seconds (work in progress)

2 sets of 10 reps knee raises

As you can tell, I am not going the full torture garden route, just yet




3 March – There Was A Middle Aged Woman

St Olav’s Church

Called Jan

Who created an audacious plan

In 2018 there is 2018 km to run

Who knew if it could be done?

She has 365 days to do it

But must remain very strong and fit

Her target for today

Was to run just 10k

In and around London City

Although the roads were all gritty

The Beast from the East had gone

Of snow there was none

I got out the door

And managed 10.4

That’s all to say

Tomorrow is another day


Chocolate Girl – Deacon Blue

So You Win Again – Hot Chocolate

Push The Button – Sugababes

Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles

Raspberry Beret – His Purple Highness

Cream – Ditto

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This – Eurhythmics

Sad Sweet Dreamer – Sweet Sensation

Boogie Oogie Oogie  – Taste Of Honey

Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

I’m The Fat Man – King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys

Salt Peanuts – Charlie Parker/ Dizzy Gillespie

Ice Cream Man – Blur

I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow

You Got The Love – Candi Staton and The Source

Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice


Distance 10.40km


Average Pace 6:09 (mins/km)

Elevation Gain 44 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run 342.1

Kms to do 1675.9

Team Rhomboid Torture

I have burpees from yesterday to do and I can’t even do one…. I have to target a minimum of 6. If I can do 6 burpees, then I am not doing the squats. There is a limit!