This week’s running – 13th to 19th November 2017


The new normal I can look forward to?

Apologies for the delay, folks. Netflix’s The Punisher series has taken up far too much of my free time!

Achilles woes

The title makes this sound worse than it actually is, but it’s the best I could come up with!

Long-time readers will be familiar with the Achilles injury I picked up almost a year ago in my left leg, with January and February becoming write-offs to allow it to recover.

In recent weeks with the downturn in temperature, I’ve noticed it playing up again, and it can’t be a coincidence when I factor in what I was able to push on to in the summer training. It’s not sore or swollen, but it most certainly is much less pliable and flexible compared to the Achilles tendon in my right leg. I do, however, find it behaves itself if I’ve been diligent with massaging for a few minutes before running, especially if I use a dollop or two of Deep Heat, too, though much to Lis’ annoyance…

I guess this is the new normal I can look forward to each winter!

5 mile run-commute

This was the eve of the city centre’s German market opening, with additional anti-terrorism measures in place, along with the various stalls taking up valuable space on the already congested and narrow New Street. I spent much time on this gentle run-commute considering my alternative routes and concluded heading via the Bullring’s Spiceal Street and past the markets would be sound for the next occasion.

Once in Cannon Hill Park and climbing towards Holder’s Lane, a friendly dog walker wished me luck on the ascent, citing that he gets out of breath just walking back up it. Expectedly, I got a little boost from this – thanks, random dog walker!

Here’s the Strava data for this run.

9 miles from work

Poor nutrition throughout the day made this run a lot tougher than it should have been. Not eating enough at lunch and leaving it too late to snack on a banana in the afternoon was all it took to make the last few miles feel a little whoozy!

Here’s the Strava data for this run.

Cannon Hill parkrun


Pleasant it was not! Photo by Pete Hickman

What a foul morning this ended up being! I was thoroughly soaked from the rain by the time I’d jogged from home to Cannon Hill Park, leaving my fingers too cold to even tie my shoelaces…

I wanted a hard effort to see what sort of VO2max shape I was in, and a hard effort is what I got.

The ground was slick with surface water, even in my Adios Boost 3s, which happen to be my most grippy shoes. I’d gone out marginally too fast in the opening km, followed by another fast km thereafter. Expectedly, the middle of my run sagged from the pace unfamiliarity, though did offer some slight recovery. Two battles in the second half stopped the pace rot, though I have to say I was still disappointed to not dip under 19 minutes.

Here’s the Strava data for this run.

10 miles – to Solihull and back

Within minutes of starting this particular run, I came to regret not simply heading on to the canal…

Approaching an open-plan car park, I saw a mid-sized 4×4 start up its engine and begin a reverse manoeuvre out of its space. It was the only car in the carpark; at all times, the front of the car faced me and there was no excuse for the driver to not see me, either, especially as I was wearing fluorescent green in excellent daylight conditions.

I’d reached the entrance to the car park, but the 4×4 driver still had not seen me and proceeded to carry on driving into my path! I had to jump to my left before the driver finally saw me some 50cm from her car before stopping.

Pumped with adrenaline, I slammed my fists on to the bonnet of her car, not once but twice, to grab her attention. I was furious and if this was the comic books, I’d have mutated into some sort of green-tinged gamma radiation beast… Rather than get out of her car to check if I was OK, she simply sat there as I yelled that she had to give way to me on the pavement. Her response? She had not seen me, and what I was stood on wasn’t pavement because it had a dropped kerb! “You’re a f***ing idiot,” I hurled back at her! “What if I was a kid that hadn’t jumped out of the way?!” I slammed my fists a final time on her car, flipped her the finger and continued on my way.

Thankfully, the rest of the run went off without issue!

Here’s the Strava data for this run.


3 thoughts on “This week’s running – 13th to 19th November 2017

  1. parkrun on Sat was so vile weather-wise, wasn’t it. I was running it for the first time this year (! I have done parkrun this year already … once) to see my friend Meg, who’s doing club’s 5k and Beyond course, round her first parkrun and first 5k. She’d previously only run for 30 minutes continuous so it was a big achievement for her to keep going for 51 minutes and she ran up the Hill at the end, mainly to get away from me singing Chariots of Fire to her, I think. We were soaked through by the end. Then I got soggy doing Track on Weds in horizontal rain. What with all that and your road rage, remind me why we do this fun hobby?! Oh, yes, for the look on Meg’s face when she got her club parkfun medal and was proud of herself for her achievement.

  2. I was thinking about your plight during my long run – the yellow runner seeing red – when a mere five minutes later I ran into inconsiderate vehicle users of my own. Glad you had your wits about you, can’t blame you for your reaction!

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