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
by Russell Turner - 12:33 on 10 October 2021
Gloom is slowly lifting from The Rural Retreat, helped by Matchgirl’s Covid symptoms being at the milder end of the scale. She’s still fearful of Long Covid, of course, but things could be worse. Part of her rehabilitation has involved reclining on the old sofa in her jaunty supershed, covered in a blanket, accompanied by a cat (Willow), a drink and a book. Her retirement dream has come true. I wasn’t required at all.
I feel totally recovered, although I continue to pay heed to medical advice. Yesterday I completed a second brisk 5k walk; today I’ll limit activity to a Tesco trip and try a walk-run-walk tomorrow.
The latest Yorkshire Marathon email urges readers to snap up 10 Mile run places, which will still be available during the final week. I’m trying to resist, although it’s difficult: two cracking Marathon and 10 Mile medals have been revealed. The marathon medal is particularly handsome. Shame I won’t get one.
I’d been tempted to scrap our trip to York and stay home to sulk but in the end decided that I shouldn’t waste what will be our last opportunity this year for a weekend away, all the rest being dominated by gigs or Matchgirl’s other life in Shetland. We’ve had to shift it by a couple of days, so Matchgirl will be out of self-isolation, but we’ll still be there on race day. Whether I’ll want to spectate remains to be seen.
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