I hate the fog! Or to be more precise - I'm scared when driving in the fog . When I left work yesterday late evening I was horrified to see grey cotton wool covering everything. I couldn't see the pavement at all and could only just make out the white lines (admittedly very faded) down the middle of the road. I nearly turned back and offer to do the night shift . Driving down the A414 was worse- could only see about 5 feet in front so I crawled along and I'm sure I weaved side to side as I tried to keep the white lines in view. A 'bag of nerves' by the time I got home!
It was only slightly better this morning, but we managed to get a run in. Went over a place known locally as 'top of the world' as you can see all the countryside, the river and distant views of the towns. Today we saw....zilch! Nice run though with robins, tiny wrens and lots of the usual birds on the river .
Shades/ mamafox - no mud at all at Hare & Tortoise this year. No navigation and no big hills either so some folks got very fast times. I tended to run at the same pace as a friend who I've often ran with. Next year I could well be over an hour slower .
I bet those pensioners had been living on bread and cheese for the past couple of weeks - saving themselves up for such a massive feast.
Jugula - hope the gout and its cause gets sorted quickly.
Had a lay-in yesterday so didn't go the x-country . Went out early afternoon instead, doing a bit of exploring along some local footpaths. Needless to say I got lost (and had forgotten to take the map with me). Battled my way through knee deep leaves and brambles towards the end - didn't want to return the way I'd come because there were a couple of scary guard dogs guarding the lawn next to the unfenced footpath. A notice said 'Keep close to the lake' - presumably so you could jump in if attacked .Needless to say I finally got home before dark with only one big bramble scratch on my leg and I actually quite enjoyed myself . It's also shown me that I'm surrounded by footpaths and countryside which I didn't know about.
Whoops - where has last week gone? Did Hare & Tortoise marathon last Sunday - quite local, near Sharnbrook in Beds. Organised to perfection by a great guy (member of 100 club and someone I've run with quite a few times) - low key, fine weather, lovely route - 5 laps on farm tracks and through the woods, great HQ with hot showers, drinks and snacks twice on each lap and loads of food at the end and lots of good company. Finished in 4:54 which was half an hour faster than last year, but did feel tired at the end. It's one to look out for if you like the smaller events and is advertised on Runners World events.
This past week and next week I've scheduled as rest weeks (just a small amount of easy running or run/walk) and I don't have another event until Dec 18th. Fortunate really as it's been so cold I didn't want to even go for a run mid-week . Might run tomorrow morning to watch my former club doing x-country - there again I might have a lazy morning!
mamafox- another great marathon from you. Well done .
mamafox - last Sunday was only an ultra in terms of what I ate unfortunately . Didn't even have the excuse of 'bonus miles' as we didn't get lost.
Glad the plumbing is sorted. Did you have to get a real plumber in?
Cal - a cautionary word on buying too many shoes in the sales. Early last year I did just that and when I started to wear them I found that my feet had grown . I still wear them for weekday runs now, but have to wear 2 pairs without socks and the other 2 pair with socks but without the insoles!