helped by arrogant stranger

I ran after work yesterday when a somewhat arrogant expat who is here visiting for his sons wedding, whom i met whilst stewarding a 7 mile fell race last week caught up with me.  He asked to run with me then we realised we semi knew each other.  I was doing a tempo, he was doing a recovery; both at the same pace!  I didn’t want to run with him as i didn’t think that me chatting would allow me to run the speed i wanted to, but i agreed.  After just a few minutes he coached me on my breathing. I was puffing a bit and he said i needed to slow it down and use all my lungs.

We ran another 3 miles together and i used this technique.  We chatted, i managed reasonably long sentences and was only mildly annoyed at his big headed running stories.  I got home to find i had run the route the fastest i had in ages, 5.65 miles of undulating terrain in under 50 minutes (expecting 52:??) AND i chatted the whole time too.

I would like to thank Derek for my new found oxygen levels. But nothing else.

seedling planted

This years crops have been abundant in places and failures in others.  Each a lesson learnt and helps make next years decisions on what to grow.  This will be the first year i will grow over winter as we will hopefully move in to our new Victorian red brick house in September.  Thus, perhaps giving me enough time to eradicate part of the immature border planted area and turn it in to large vegetable beds.

Things I’d like to plant over winter: Gooseberry, Garlic; Celeriac; Rhubarb; Rocket.

The other thing I will be growing over winter is a baby. Our first.  I’m hoping to be as successful in this as my tomatoes in our conservatory.  Not that i want abundance, like my runner beans or potatoes, one child will do just fine please.

As the first trimester rolls on (i’m 6 weeks on Monday) I am training for my 3rd half marathon.  So far so good. I’m not exhausted as yet.  Today’s 10 miler was fine. The same pace as last weeks but felt a bit easier.  I took two two-minute walk breaks, i’ve never done that before, but it was merely to see if it made the second half easier.  I’m unsure.  Given my low mileage week (19.5 miles) i needed a successful long run.  Back on the plan next week.