Friday, 15 May 2009

the run to work ( a vida é boa )

last night i sat watching the footie texting my mate, dave mcglone, who was at the game. i got so enthralled by the whole occasion that this mornings run took a back seat in my mind as i worked my way through the best part of a bottle of wine (black stump). on realising it would be an early start this morning i quickly tried to rehydrate before bed with a mug of tea and a glass of water.

fast forward to 4.30 this morning and i could feel the toll my over zealous intake had taken. i quickly thought about the feasibilty of still running todays 17miles into work and decided to carry on regardless though i thought id run easy as opposed to the 'steady' pace i was originally intending.

so after a glass of berroca, a mug of tea and two slices of jammy toast i was out of the door at 0530 (charlieless).

i wouldn't describe the weather as springlike but as usual i took the attitude of why worry about something you cant change!

the route is road up to 'cloudside' where roger and simon bailey have their sheep farm (they do look after them exceedingly well). from here visibilty across the peaks was poor and the rain was thumping down vertically. it was all quite refreshing.
then its down to the canal and a long haul right along to bollington where you hit the road a little followed by some cross country to where i work at bonis hall.
although i intended to take it easy i actually found myself automatically moving into a steady effort and despite all the previous nights imbibing i felt pretty ok. 17miles in 2.43 and feeling fresh at the end. i'm happy with that.

what i particularly enjoyed was my meandering mind. i thought about how happy i was at home and how much i loved karen hollie and will. i worked through what might happen financially if at work the redundancy bottle pointed at me when it stopped spinning and realised we wouldn't have to live in a shoebox on a diet of puddle water and gravel. and i thought about how much i loved having the ability to just run in to work, getting thoroughly rained on and enjoying every minute. it set me up for great karma, not to mention a hearty breakfast at work.

tomorrow, i'm helping karen with her horse, freddie, go cross country. literally. she rides the cross country course and the jumps and i run after them. as he's still a young and green horse she kinda likes the security my presence gives her. it's just a bugger when he moves up a gear out of trot... i'm done for!

happy days :)


Hayfella said...

Sounds like a great run in, UC. What I can never get is how you can enjoy running in the rain. I hate it. Maybe it's because I wear specs. With H. Fling 2010 in mind, I'm looking at Hal H's ultra training programme. One word. Rhymes with 'It'.

Nick said...

That's a beautiful story. Inspiring indeed. Thanks UC. :)