It was time for another session on that almighty hill in Richmond where last week I managed just THREE ups and downs and boy was I ready! I was gonna increase the ups and downs to 4 this week, so after making a celery, carrot and apple juice and chomping on 6 stoneless dates I was ready for action.
The sun shone brightly but the air was fresh and a stiff breeze buffeted the trees making for perfect running conditions. Waved goodbye to Mrs Dan and off I went on my warm up walk. I had JUST reached my favourite lamp post to start running when I heard this crash. I looked across the road and immediately across from me, a woman runner had fallen with a thump to the ground. I rushed over instantly to check she was alright but she was very very shaken up. Her mouth was covered in blood and she was shaking. I told her she was ok and not to worry. She said "Are my teeth ok?" I told her they were, there was a cut on her lip that was bleeding but her teeth were fine. I felt so sorry for the poor thing. She'd stubbed her toe and tripped up and said she felt so embarrassed as she had almost reached the end of her run. Again I told her not to be embarrassed and tried to reassure her that she'd be ok.
Suddenly a kindly silver haired lady appeared from the primary school adjacent to where the damsel had fallen. She offered to take the woman into the school where they had a first aid kit, and she could get cleaned up. I hauled the injured damsel to her feet and brushed the leaves and stones off her back and left her in the capable kind hands of the teacher lady. I wished her good luck and she turned to me and said "Thank you so much for stopping". Poor thing. Maybe she was used to London ways where you could be having a heart attack on the street and people would step over you! I told her it wasn't a bother and I shuffled off on my way.
What a start eh?! Whew!
I reached The Hill and looked at it. "I'm comin' for you baby" I told it. And I was off. This time I had my watch on to time how long it would take me to the summit. The geezer on the website I'd found who told me about this hill reckoned he could get to the top in 90 seconds. Yeeahhhhh riiiight!!!! It took me 2 1/2 minutes and I wondered how on earth he could have done it in 1 1/2 mins??? Probably lying through his teeth! Anyway, I set off back down the hill, once I'd had a minute or two recovery at the top.
Suffice to say I did exactly as I'd planned - four reps up and down The Hill, by which time I'd drunk 90% of my water from my running bottle. It was time for home and I set off, jogging very comfortably considering the bashing my legs had just got. I looked down towards the river and noticed a cut through path. I took it and before long I was riverside, shades on, jogging in the sun with a gentle cooling breeze washing over my sweating face. Ahead of me lay Richmond Bridge glinting in the sun. Two red buses crossed over as I looked and I thought I MUST take a pic of this scene for all you Forumeers. It was idyllic.
I got home having run 5K (2.5K there, then back again) and having completed my 4 up hill sessions. Well pleased with that too, because my legs and body were absolutely fine thank God. No pains or aches to speak off, so I stretched in the garden and then had a long jacuzzi with the jets playing on my bum and thighs!! Magic.
I do so hope the damsel is alright. I'm sure she is. Probably a bit shaken up but ultimately will be ok.
Isn't it amazing the things you see whilst out on a run?
Happy running folks!