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Down in the Dumps or Dumps in the Downs 💩

As I seem to have a packed schedule today, I decided that this morning’s run would be a shorter one, but I would try a new route as I’m over familiar with my usual 6k.

It was raining, but I wasn’t going to be deterred, as I set off with 🧢 cap and rain jacket, raring to go. The first part of the run took me through an Whipperley estate and then to the crest of a small green area, Dallow Downs. As the name suggests, this was a very steep downward slope, and was dotted with bushes and trees. Pleasant enough, I thought as I tried to control my legs from running to fast down the hill.

It wasn’t until I got to the bottom that it dawned on me: this was an out and back run, so at some point I would have to run back up again. Pushing this thought to the back of my mind I continued on my run for another km before turning to run gently back. As I approached the down I noticed an alternative path tucked between two houses which looked much less steep so decided that, even if this would be a much easier climb.

However once I got to the first bend in the path I realised this was just an illusion. I was faced by a steep set of steps cut into the grass, and most of them muddy. But I could do this, I told myself, and set to on running up the steps.

I say running... I started in a sort of running motion, but who was I kidding. It very quickly morphed into more of a shuffling motion, accompanied by puffing and panting. The place was littered with beer cans and other assorted detritus, and in my reluctance to look at the mess, I plodded onward and before I knew it had trodden in an unexpected pile of 💩. Now I’m no expert but this looked suspiciously human, but I wasn’t hanging around to find out. However the rest of my ascent included a walking style with me dragging my left foot sideways in an attempt to remove the offending matter from my running shoe.

By the time I reached the summit I was completely knackered and with the dragging of my foot must have looked like I was trying out for a part in Shaun of the Dead 🧟‍♀️.

However, as the hill flattened out I managed to pick up my running and headed straight for home, having clocked up my slowest 6k in ages at around 38 minutes.

My trainers are still outside, I will deal with them later, but hopefully the rain will continue and make my job a little easier.

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I am very pleased to discover this story did not culminate with a dump being taken.

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I too feared the worst...

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Oh dear! They say you never regret a run that you've done, but maybe this is the exception 🙈

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Be grateful your not zola budd :P

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Pink what happened to Zola Budd. I know that Paula Radcliffe had to stop to have a tinkle but Zola Budd ? 😀😀

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She was famous for running bare foot

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Oh of course! I forgot that . I understand. I should have remembered. Doh !

Thanks Pink !😀😀

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she was also famous for being involved in a collision with Mary Decker during the 1984 Olympics, in which Decker's running spikes gouged Budd's ankle causing her to stumble into Decker's path. This put Decker out of the race. Budd managed to finish but her injury meant she only took 7th place. She was blamed for the incident, unfairly, by the American press.

there was also already controversy because she was granted British citizenship, with unusual speed, being a South African during apartheid.

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Yes Rignold I do remember that now. Hubby and I had only been married for about 6 months. Goodness that was such a long time but I do remember watching that now. Thanks Rignold for jogging my memory😀😀

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I used to run barefoot.... for my County....220 yds and 440 yds... in my youth.... long, long before Zola Budd:)

Until someone sabotaged me... she was wearing spikes:)

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It wasn’t Mary or her sister was it? My feet would be real sore if I ran in bare feet .😀😀

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Yes, thank goodness I had running shoes on and not bare feet. ;-)

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This is terrible! Poor you....people are gross sometimes 🤢

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Urgh! Yuck! Still a good 6k time considering the obstacles :)

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Yuk. There's got to be a good story behind that though. Why??? How even??? Maybe an accident? Ill? We'll give some humans the benefit of the doubt.

But well done on the run 🙂

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I’ve no idea... but it was yeurgh! 😫

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Yuck! Ive run thorugh dog poo, which is bad enough, but human...

I thought Paula Radcliffe stopped to poo, not wee.

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I also thought that Paula had a number 2. 🤔

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It was London marathon 2005 .she stopped,she weed,she won,clever girl😀

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No Paul Radcliffe while running 2005 London marathon stop in front of everyone and had wee and then went on to run the race.😀

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Sounds like the local dump (😂). A good time though - you're a speedy lady!

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😂😂😂

Don’t think I’ll be running there again though.

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Yuksters.... but... I think you have been talent spotted for ;The Walking Dead"

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aahaha Your post made me laugh so much! Despite the "short cut" and all, you've done a great run!! They say (or is it only a French saying?) that walking/stepping into a pooh brings you luck, so here you are, watch out for the next weeks and perhaps buy a lottery ticket ;-)

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Well if I win the lottery I'll be buying myself a new (clean) pair of running shoes. 😂😂😂

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Yuk! I did chuckle at your description of your lurching gait. It would perhaps surprise you but the area around the Vatican is notorious for being full of suspiciously large poos and a conspicuous lack of dogs. It is horrible.

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