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.


No Time To Sleep

by Russell Turner - 21:42 on 16 September 2019

Five weeks to the Yorkshire Marathon, two to the Great Scottish Run, and life has got in the way of training.

At the weekend I should have run for three hours and covered at least 16 miles – 17 if I was up to it – but a Friday night gig in Nairn and a Saturday night one in Banff, which got me home at 3.30am, left me in no state to run on Sunday, although our appearance at an Eden Court wedding fair in the afternoon meant that was a non-starter anyway.

So today should have found me braving the wind to complete my penultimate long run. It didn’t happen; I was still wiped out after the weekend and couldn’t find the enthusiasm to get outside. Even the arrival during the weekend of my race number for Glasgow couldn’t lift me.

With luck I’ll feel more lively tomorrow when I’ve caught up on sleep. I’ll need to be: my final 3.5hr long run (18-19 miles) should be on Saturday because Sunday’s occupied with another wedding fair, this time at Kincraig Castle. Fortunately it’s a gig-free weekend, although the long run may get put off until Monday. So much juggling. Good job I’m flexible.

What’s definite is that on the 29th (touch wood) I’ll line up in the pink start (the last one) to run 13.1 miles in Glasgow. Look out for me on TV (or iPlayer if you’re not in Scotland). Then my taper begins. I’m looking forward to it.

Percy 4

Animal Update: Brock and Reynard continue to visit, as does Percy to scrabble on the living room window and ask for attention. Or biscuits. Maia is not amused.

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