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The hare and the tortoise.

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Today's run was an emotional little number. Rugby-boy's bestie arrived at the airport yesterday for a week's stay, and this morning we were all up at six-thirty to get out for a run. RBB, aka Road Runner, is a pro - when I say 'pro', this 15-year-old runs a sub-three minute km. He slowed down today to accommodate Rugby-boys "slow" pace, and they disappeared into the horizon, side by side. Thirteen years ago they met on the landing separating their two abodes, and they have been inseparable ever since. Their friendship has been strengthened by the distance since we moved 800km to the South five years ago. The beauty of it all rose up in my throat and got tangled up with the feeling of happiness from being healthy and running in such beautiful scenery, and that was it... I didn't just have a lump in my throat, I felt like I'd tried to swallow my trainers. On arrival at the end of my run, Kermit announced 5.08 km in 32.28 minutes. We're getting there! Count those blessings, guys. We always tend to see what we don't have rather than concentrate on the fantastic stuff we take for granted every day.

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I wouldn't be trying to keep up with that friend - the pre-war women's WR for 1k was just over 3mins! He's fast!

Sounds like you had another lovely, if slightly emotional, run. 32.28 isn't a bad time, either - that's around 10 min mile, which is genuine running pace. It's nice to feel a little bit fit & strong again isn't it!

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mfamiliasGraduate in reply to Ugifer

He's been running in French national athletics races, he's FAST. I'm quite happy with my time, that way I can see the scenery as I run, without getting too many flies between my teeth :)

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Woo Hoo Well done M ! That is positively flying that is , Go you , Yay ! :-)

Pass the tissues you soppy s*d ,

* Snort, sniff * :-D xxx

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mfamiliasGraduate in reply to poppypug

Thanks, PP - I'm happy with the time too :D I've always been a soppy sod. Just wait till he has to go home, I'll drown the village for that next run.

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Aww fab post mfam. I was getting a bit choked myself there.

You are spot on we sometimes need to step back & count our blessings.

As for that run. Bleedin hell woman. Did you strap rockets to the Purple Perils this morning? What a fab time! (Shakes pom poms madly!!)😊😊😊x

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mfamiliasGraduate in reply to Noaky12

It's one of my mantras - 'never forget the priceless things that cost nothing'. Cheesy but true. I've ove the idea of rockets on my Purple Perils. In fact I think I've just adapted to the temperature a bit better. I like your pompoms. I want to swap - mine are getting a bit thin now with all the finishing line activity I've been up to on this forum.

Anaverageman profile image

see my post on ' tortoises'!!

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mfamiliasGraduate in reply to Anaverageman

I will go and have a gander, ta muchly :D

ViaM profile image

A nice reminder about mindfulness, thanks!

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mfamiliasGraduate in reply to ViaM

You're welcome, fellow snail.


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mfamiliasGraduate in reply to ActonHighStreet

Sniff. Every time I look at them I have this image of them both with their Tommee Tippee cups, then realise they'll have pints in their mitts soon, and feel all nostalgic and old and wrinkly.

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