Well, after initial lack of motivation today, had small porridge and tea and after a bit we set off to Medina parkrun! I was sporting new "Go Faster" shorts from Lidl's sale pile(£1.00 !!!!!!!) and Boz sporting new "Go Faster" short haircut and Brooks trainers! Chatted to some mainland runners who didn't know the course(hoped it was flat- and it is!) and they also said they'd been to lots of parkruns and never found runners that weren't nice people which i think i agree with, especially on here!!
Neither of us got a PB today so the "Go Faster" accessories didn't 100% work! Although i am definitely finding the distance easier overall. According to the Garmin it was my 2nd best 5k effort so pleased with that! Boz did really well coming 14th overall in 22.08 and i was 129th in 31.32 out of 174. It was a couple of people's birthdays there today too, so cakes and choc afterwards!!
Back in for large tea and toasted scones with jam -Yummy!
We decided to tackle the breezy weather as it was sunny and headed to Ventnor with Georgie dog a bit later for walk and a snack! Lovely along the seafront, the waves were crashing and the breeze was fresh, decided to look up an old haunt for lunch "Smugglers haven cafe" that i used to frequent years ago when lived nearby. had to trek along the undercliff, on slippery slopes and steps, eventually found the well hidden "Devils Chimney"(see picture- Boz & George dog in action mode!) ............ found this info!
"Take a closer look at the Landslip, you'll notice a small clearing through the bushes that leads down a winding track to what is called the Devils Chimney.
But what is it ? - its a secret pathway that was cut into the rock face down to the bay below, by smugglers. It's hidden away from prying eyes - so make sure you look closely for the opening."
It really WAS well hidden , nearly missed it! Slogged to the top and to the cafe where we sat in the garden looking out to sea with toasted sarnies and rock buns! Then off to find my old flat to show Boz, it has steps cut into the rock face too behind, even steeper this time but going down, must have been over a hundred in that set. Found the flat and reminisced , worked out it was 17 years ago that i moved out, freaky thing was it was EXACTLY to the day(always remember as the next day was when Princess Di died) though i hadn't realised the date til i looked it up later! And also that i saw my Ex-Boyfriend who i lived there with (but he didn't see me!) about 10 mins previous on the main rd! very strange!
Then off down "The Pitts"(thats the road name!) and along and alleyway to ANOTHER set of steep steps around a hundred again back to the road top Ventnor! So i reckon all those will give me good strong legs so i will be fast like MIles_Yonder!!!! maybe not! Think in general though i'm fitter than i was 17years ago when i lived round that way, probably fittest ever, i certainly couldn't run then!!
Back home, grass mowed, guinea pigs cleaned out and collapse for a bit til shopping and George evening walk! Hope everyone is having a good weekend! HAPPY RUNNING