I am very lucky to work term time only, but this does make fitting in training hard around Madam’s activities and my very long list of things I need to do this Easter!
Yesterday Madam went swimming with a friend and I ceased the chance for an interval session in Exeter along the cycle/walking path. The training plan demanded an 800m interval session to be repeated 6 times. A quick google conversion informed me what I already feared that 800m is half a mile. Half a mile intervals are
hard Hard. I managed them but slowed down on each repetition no matter how hard I tried. On the last interval a dog came charging over towards me barking big time, gnashing teeth and heading for my ankles along with his much younger smaller yappier friend! I stopped dead in my tracks whilst the owner got them under control. her explanation was ‘sorry he does not like runners’ to which I replied ‘well I don’t like dogs!’ I regret now not pointing out that seeing as she was on a path used by many runners that it might be a good idea to get the four legged, runner hating fiend on a leash! For his safety as well as other users.
Today I had a routine blood test appointment. I told Madam it would make for a nice 6 mile run, 3 miles there, rest, blood test, three miles home. Easy. Unfortunately the run there was warm, being in the middle of the day and Madam struggled. Whilst I was having 3 vials of blood extracted Madam managed to be given a sweet as the nurse felt sorry for her having to run home! I got nothing! We took a slightly different route home, to keep in the shade. At one point I was stopped in my tracks by a scream from behind. I shouted back to be told by Madam that there was a snake. I fully expected to see one like this when I went back,
(as luck would have it I did not have my phone with me) ‘He is so ugly’ she said! I held her hand and led her away berating her for hurting the snake’s feelings for saying such a thing!
Seems long legs and an athletic ability is not the only thing she has inherited from her Grandfather!
I waited some while to tell her that in fact we had run 7 miles not 6 as the route there was longer than I thought! Oops. Chocolate bar purchased to compensate!