This very morning I awoke a free man. Free of the shackles of employment, free from spending time with a hideously negative person and free from having to get up at 6am! YES, I have finished my work contract and am once again on the scrapheap of life trying to cajole people to hire me once again. But that's the not so fabulous life of being a freelancer. On to far more important things!
I needed a run this morning. My head needed some major endorphin rush and I needed to breathe the air - cold as it might be. I awoke to a light dusting of snow covering the environs of SW London where I live, and my first worry was "Will I slip over?". The fact is that the pavements were already clear of snow and it was only the "non traffic" areas which had the look of a cake lightly dusted in icing sugar. I said to Mrs Dan that I was going to drive to Richmond Park for my run as I wanted to be at one with nature. Jumped in the motor vehicle and zipped up to Pembroke Lodge car park. It was here that I questioned my initial plan of running in the park as it was COVERED in snow and looked like a winter wonderland! I have never ever ever run in the snow before and I looked at the path and figured "What the hell. If I do this and complete 5K I'll be a happy man". And so I set off......
Started STRAVA on my phone and quite quickly felt very secure as I landed each step on the snow and then took off again. This was gonna be fun! My plan was to run the parkrun route - but get this this people - I was gonna run it IN REVERSE!! What a REBEL I am!!!
I attempted to make a brief vlog but got embarrassed when people approached me as I didn't want them to hear my bol***ks I was jabbering on about. So I abandoned that idea. But I was smiling widely as I ran, feeling so lucky to be able bodied enough to do this. Sundays LWR was such a running high for me, I was still buzzing from the fun we all had there as I tromped through the snowy path.
Ahead of me were two ladies. Ladies in their forties (my favourite decade for women). The path was easily wide enough for three people and I was a good 100 metres away. Beyond us the park stretched ahead of us and all around us. Hundreds and hundreds of acres of parkland, covered in snow. I was getting closer - 50 metres. I could hear their jabbering as I got closer, but still they managed to fill the entire path with their meandering. One moved slightly left.....the other moved slightly right.....then they came together again......then slightly separated......I was now 10 metres away. My footfall must be making enough noise for them to sense my presence.........but no. They weren't aware. I had to choose a route fast, to get around them.. I chose a route to the left.......then they shifted to the left. "Shi*t!" I thought. "I'll move to the right."......I was almost upon them. The three of us in Richmond Park which covered hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of acres. I was now committed to my overtaking on the right.......But suddenly one of the jabberers took what can only be described as a deliberate counter move. She stepped to the right at EXACTLY the same time (still jabbering) and we collided - CRASH!!!!!
"Oh! Oh! I am soooo sorry!" I am soo sorry!" said the idiotic, jabbering jabberer whose lack of spatial awareness astounded me. Out of all the space in the universe, she managed to almost send me flying!! I grunted a noise like "Hurrrumph!" and carried on.
I kept running and then reached a long long uphill stretch. My legs were killing me today. Stupidly, after the LWR Sunday, I was so caught up in the HIGH of all the fun we had, I forgot to stretch. BAD IDEA! The lactic acid built up in my legs and I've been stiff as a board since. I'd hoped this run would get rid of all my stiffness, but I could still feel my quads screaming today. But I used the Panther Mantra "Push that body" and managed to break down the agonising uphill section into bite sized manageable chunks. Eventually I reached Richmond Gate - 5K DONE!
I stretched when back at the car, to make sure the muscles got their reward and then drove home. Fried egg sandwich next, followed by a hot jacuzzi with the jets on full blast. HEAVEN!
Off to the cinema later with Madame Dan. We can get in for free cos I've got a special pass (I work in the industry...sometimes)
I might just buy myself one of those air horns that I can wear as a back pack. Then when I'm approaching people in a massive park I can honk my horn, just like an American trucker! That'd shift them out of the way!
Happy running everyone!!