Friday, July 5, 2013

On the Road

Today's run:

Temperature at start time (6.40am) 29C, temperature at finish, 34C with 53 per cent humidity.

Current temperature: 37C.

Distance covered today: 6.03km in 39mins48secs. Distance covered this week: Roughly 11km (Not v good but we've been a bit off this week).

Today's key running song: The Harder They Come  (no, not in that sense, disgusting child) by Jimmy Cliff.

Today's orange picture is not actually of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road, but an amusing passport cover which was given to him indoors as a Christmas present by my Mum. A singularly appropriate passport cover, except of course these days when one is using one's passport, one usually ends up In the Air, but still. Witty.

We're getting near the stage where we actually have to start running longer distances if we're going to have a hope of being ready on time for the half marathon on October 18th, but 6km, (I think him indoors actually did 7.5km because he is mightier than me) isn't too bad with the heat the way it is, and, the fact that last night's preparation included drinking champagne at a work event. It actually wasn't too hot this morning, although it felt pretty nasty because of the 53 per cent humidity. Today has the feeling of a slightly malfunctioning steam room about it.

You'll notice a pattern here - that I keep saying we need to get up earlier in order to get the run in before the heat cranks up but and not actually doing it. In case you hadn't figured it out yet, mornings are not exactly our strong point. Luckily, there are two of us doing this, with two alarms going off, so, there's a combination of him setting his alarm ambitiously early, going straight back to sleep after it goes off, mine going off quarter of an hour later and dragging myself up 15 minutes after that. Then both of us eventually get out of the house an hour after that first alarm went off. The half marathon that we are entered for starts at 6am so practice getting up early is going to have to form part of our training at some point.

We are away for part of Ramadan this year, but, for the part of it that we are here, it will all go horribly wrong in terms of early morning runs unless we get up really quite incomprehensibly early. The reason for that is we can't take any water with us on morning runs during that time as eating or drinking in public during fasting hours is a big no no. For that period of time at least it will be evening runs only.

For those of you who are kind enough to read this far without having the slightest clue what I am on about, we are doing a half marathon on October 18th in aid of Myeloma UK. We chose this charity because my Mum has Myeloma. If you feel so inclined, you can read more in previous blog entries and sponsor us here. 

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