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.


Worth The Wait

by Russell Turner - 14:20 on 30 October 2020

It’s here! At last! Four weeks to the day after I ran my early Virtual London Marathon my medal and shirt were pushed through the letterbox this morning by Mr Hermes. There’s been much wailing and gnashing of teeth by impatient runners, and muttered accusations about lackadaisical and light-fingered Hermes staff, but I was happy to wait for the third part of my London bling trio.

The shirt, it must be said, is gaudy, and I suspect the gilt lettering might not last too many washes. However, that may not be a problem: I’ve been sent a large instead of an XL (another regular moan was about wrong sizes) so it might stay in the unused shirts drawer. I could send it away for a replacement but as it’s doubtful that I’ll run in it that might be more trouble than it’s worth.

I’m now into week 3 of 10 towards my proposed pre-Christmas solo marathon. Whether I do it remains to be seen. Bread-and-butter runs are no problem but long runs (13+ miles) hold little appeal in worsening weather. Working towards a final 2020 HM PB could make more sense.

Whatever I do, another record will tumble this year. In 2019 I hit 1,000 miles on December 30; this year I passed that milestone yesterday. Who knows how many miles and virtual awards will be achieved next year.

Music Update: Despite this weekend’s gigs being cancelled, and the likelihood of others taking place soon being low, City Limits got together last Sunday for a socially distanced rehearsal in a hygienic and responsible venue. It would be good to say that we played like we’d never been apart, but after seven months there was more than a little rust on show.

Comment from BikerMike at 07:04 on 31 October 2020.
Have you thought of an on-line practice/session? There must be a way as other musicians do it.
Comment from Soo at 12:25 on 31 October 2020.
Tony says you could always frame the t-shirt and put it on the wall rather than hiding it in a drawer never to be seen.
Comment from Russell at 12:59 on 31 October 2020.
The lack of practice on our own was the main reason for rustiness. I'd not touched the bass for months.

As for the shirt, a severe lack of wall space means display is unlikely. I'll probably get the right size so I can have a few runs out in it, just to show it off.

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