I haven't been on here a while. During my holiday in Zambia there was no running at all, it was just too hot and there was nowhere to run on your own that was safe. Plus I got up too late, ate and drank too much, hardly moved at all because of the heat and was just totally slobby (to my disgust). My return back home saw me straight out on the first evening, having not slept the night before on the plane, 30 degrees temperature difference and in the pitch black. The run was predictably not great but marked my determination to get back on track. Since then I've been getting out there and even being doing a bit of streaking. The times and distances aren't great, I've been playing around with really slow runs and a few intervals, but there's not vast amounts of progress. However, I am running. Today I wanted another "longer" run (long being anything over 5k) and set out in the freezing cold, frosty air. There were not many people around, I was ignominiously overtaken by a couple of fit runners, bur received a friendly greeting from another older fellow runner later on which cheered me up. At the end runkeeper informed me that I had taken part in the "Global 5k Challenge" and could check my ranking if I wanted. Well I wasn't aware that I'd even registered for this event, but the nice words on the website along the lines of "don't be disheartened if you're crap, you got out there, which is more than most people" encouraged me to have a peek. I felt a bit peeved that I hadn't been aware I was in a competition, if I had I might have tried to go a bit faster etc.. And then I laughed and showed the website round my family. 17 out of 78,000! There is obviously an error somewhere at that pace, but it was a great booster. And it impressed my family who haven't got a clue what a good pace is. (I've slipped down to 19 in the meantime - really disappointed😎).