Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Rocking And Running

by Russell Turner - 21:53 on 25 June 2018

Playing three gigs on consecutive nights is easy. The hard bit is the travel, setting up and packing away and general hanging around. Yesterday’s Inverness wedding gig (a Polish couple; I can recommend Polish wedding cake – fruit, sponge, chocolate and icing) involved City Limits arriving at 2.30pm to be set up before guests arrived at 4pm, then playing off and on from 6.30 to midnight.

At least we were home for 1am. On Friday, after the usual Foxes mayhem, I was in bed by 2.30am; Saturday, after the circus-themed Summer Ball at RAF Lossiemouth’s officer’s mess (always a good opportunity to watch posh people being silly), I was home after 3am with dawn not far away.

I’m not complaining: we enjoyed three good crowds and earned some money. Today saw three enquiries about availability for wedding dates so the busyness looks set to continue.

It’s tough for athletic endeavour though. On Friday I successfully extended my best all-run distance to eight miles and had this Friday pencilled in as a nine-miler. However, I’ve accepted Matchgirl’s recommendation that I make this a recovery week, limit my long run to six miles (probably wise considering the current heatwave) and try for nine next week when, as chance would have it, we’ve a gigless weekend: the last one before October.

I suppose I could combine the two...

With less than 16 weeks before t’Yorkshire Marathon, training has to fit around four dates in July, nine in August and five in September so runs are dotted all over the calendar. It’s probably just as well I don’t have a real job.

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