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.


A Sad Anniversary

by Russell Turner - 16:54 on 08 March 2021

Today is the first anniversary of my last race: the Inverness Half Marathon, March 8, 2020. If life was normal I’d have run it again yesterday. Instead, I should have been completing Week 4 of (virtual) Edinburgh Marathon training with a 10-mile run, but cold wind and rain put me off.

I was less of a wuss today, assisted by lack of rain and much lighter wind which was mostly behind me after the first two miles. I even felt a bit over-warm around Mile 8. Pace creeping up from easy to steady was to blame. That and the woolly hat.

The 10-mile mark was reached in decent condition, although effort was still involved. I keep thinking that after five marathons I should be able to knock out a mere 10-miler without trouble but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Not for me, anyway.

The afternoon included a short recovery stroll to the top of the lane accompanied by Willow and Pandora, who were keen to make the most of a brief burst of springlike weather. They returned after 20mins and both flopped on the kitchen floor as if they’d done the 10 miles this morning. Our girls are getting older. Maia stayed indoors on the bed; she’s been old since she was two.

Next week’s long run is two hours, which should see me over 11 miles, then there’s a 12-mile run the following week. The virtual marathon is getting closer.

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