Oops it's in the bag -( Week 6 Run 2 )

Oops it's in the bag -( Week 6 Run 2 )

Said the lady at the Bologna baggage check in when the very polite check in desk lady asked her where her passport was. Followed up by "that bag I've just put on the conveyor belt". So began my journey home to the UK. Leaving behind Heatwave Lucifer and aiming towards London's version of summer.

My cabbie was a friendly one and complained about how hot it was and difficult to sleep at night. I smiled because I was sooo looking forward to sleeping in 18 degrees and not 28.

So Mr Smooth invited me here for a City break run and up I got. The hour time difference helped, as I was able to get out in reasonably free of commuters time. I had promised myself two things, first off I'd go to my beloved Borough Market just to see if things are back to how I remember them and not those awful newsreel shots of a little while ago. And second to try and beat my average km time, which has been hovering around the 9-10 minute mark. Now I am not obsessed by the timing, I just thought with it being cooler it may be possible.

So being back to the City a quick recap on the rules. Never talk to strangers, in fact never make eye contact even when talking to someone. Never amble, always walk fast. Black/grey clothing is de rigueur as is a stern face. Oh and the one I remember from my time working here - any runner you see jogging on the spot at junctions is called a w..k.r - under your breath of course, because you'd never say it aloud as that may risk a conversation.

I started at Barbican, out to Fleet Street, the Strand, back towards St Paul's and over the wobbly Millennium bridge. Now I am a thumper when running, I try hard to follow Oldfloss advice to kiss the ground. I knew that my running was a bit thumpy (not a real word - forgive me sheps). At that time Blur was on the actor Phil Daniels said the immortal line "it's not all vorsprung durch technik you know" it made me smile and so old floss I softened my feet. As I finished crossing the bridge, World in Motion came on. I think I must have subliminally chosen loads of songs for running, and then Mr Smooth piped up again. I miss him on these longer runs, as I don't get to hear the liquid velvet and calm encouragement quite so much.

Borough was quiet and just coming to life, I saw the market traders I know and some I don't and took a quiet couple of minutes to say my respects. I love this City, it's dirty and noisy and frankly pongs a bit. And what do you know, there's loads of us runners around, not wearing fluoro like me all in City appropriate greys and blacks. And not one mention of the "w" word, but then to be honest, I didn't dare jog on the spot at junctions, I ran up and down until the lights changed! Oops it's in the bag - I just did the run, I broke my time record by about 2 minutes, did the longest run/walk so far, oh and I am down a shade of red - now sporting Raspberry Bellini.


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  • Wow well done! I can only aspire to your times. Still It must have been lovely to be back in old familiar territory, not to mention cooler. Good luck for Run3 but I don't think you'll need it. :)

  • Thanks bareliz it was nice to be back, I love both and can't choose a preference. Run 3 hoping to do in Regents Park, but it is same day as flight back to Italy, so City grit may prevail

  • Great post! You write so engagingly, I feel as though I am there alongside you! Unlike many of the runners of London, you will never be 'grey' I suspect. Some great tracks to run to as wellπŸ™‚. Well done on W6R2 - edging ever forwards! πŸ™‚

  • Thanks Sandra39, lots of City termites running around wearing grey camouflage. Looking forward to R3 I want this week done and dusted

  • Welcome back to Blighty....Love you comments about Londoners. Day do dat don't day. πŸ˜€

  • Did you earn your hash? For the casual viewer I am talking corned beef not the other variety.....

  • Don't forget when you are in London if you see someone without a smile give them one of yours.

    As you walk away you may just hear them mutter "Bloody Northerner".

  • Yes that is so true.... they don't like Northern smiles one bit... but then they do have a certain Southern cool thing going on. ciao for now

  • Fab post Jan, very descriptive. Your story at the airport reminds me of our leaving Split airport a while back. The check-in lady asked a few passengers (including us) "do you have any batteries in your bag". I had no idea that the word batteries would bring so many looks of embarrassment to so many people πŸ˜‰ and I somehow don't think they were thinking of radios.....

    That running on the spot thing made me smile because I use to do it too until I read somewhere that experienced runners just stand there and wait. So I then did that. Didn't make me an experienced runner but made me feel less of an eejit 😏

    Well done on the run.

  • Love the battery anecdote, that's so funny. And I didn't know the no running on the spot rule, so as today's run was the 2 x 10 minutes effort I decided I had to keep moving hence the bizarre run away from the junction, see the lights change and run back again... not easy in London with so many pesky junctions... thanks for the good wishes.

  • Wish I had known this before I started running.. I was doing my calf stretches at the railway crossing again this morning:)xx

  • That would have been a sight in the empress purple outfit

  • I love entertaining folk!

  • And you looked like an experienced runner I bet πŸ™‚

  • .... err.. until I started running:)

  • I don't believe it one jot Floss πŸƒπŸƒπŸƒ

  • ...you should.... but, I am getting back to it:)

  • The rain clouds cleared, briefly, the run went well, I even broke into a little geriatric jog on the way back from the running track where we meet. Not pretty but I'm too old to be embarrassed.

    The hash was Ok but that's probably it for another ten years, thanks for asking. Have a great day.

  • You only cook once every 10 years, it's a wonder Mrs Eslad isn't kicking you out the door. With that level of culinary expertise you could be moving on up to sausages and mash next time.

  • Wow, I do all the cooking I'll have you know, a proper modern man me. It's just ten years between hash's, that's a good word I just made up. That should make the OED.

  • Okay pax. 10 years between hash's fair enough. Almost Jamie Oliver

  • Nice post. enjoy your break.

  • Thanks the glamour of sheltering from the rain at Angel tube station. Can't be beatenπŸ’¨πŸ’¦β˜”οΈ Oh except no umbrella. And a nice chap just asked if I could get his brolly out of his πŸŽ’ I said yes, he smiled took it and walked on. Who said chivalry is dead?

  • What are you like!!!

    What a super post! You did absolutely brilliantly... I could just image you, all shiny and fluorescent, brightening up the greyness of the City! I simply loved it, it sounds so, so different to my running and really exciting... :)

    What a run.. and, my favourite shade of pink! xxx

  • Well what a jet setter you are! Seriously impressed that the first thing you did was go out for a runπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ Enjoy the British summer....... β˜€οΈπŸŒˆπŸŒ₯β›ˆβ˜”οΈπŸ΅

  • Yup 4 seasons in one day, btw love the profile pic, meant to say that the other day. But in fluoro which is very Italian, so stood out amongst all the City grey termites. Clearly I looked like a tourist

  • Hey - I'm with you - I don't do dull colours - my running vest is bright orange- very good for these dark August mornings..... thanks for liking my monkey πŸ’ and helping me upload him πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ΅

  • This post makes me so sad πŸ˜’ but only in a homesick kinda way! I lived 'darn sarf' for 12 years before & during my uni years!

    Well done for taking on the streets of London for a run, I'm glad Borough Market was just as you remembered 😍

  • Oh don't be homesick, I didn't want to make you sad.... I am a Liverpudlian living in London and Italy at the same time. I am one very lucky lady. One day you should visit again and we can run together and we can revisit the uni years ....

  • It was a good kind of sad. I get down as often as finances & school hols allow to show my son all my old haunts (altho not drunken Uni ones πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

    I will hold you to that run around London Town one day!

    Enjoy Regent's Park tomorrow

  • Great run this morning Jan, I read it laughed a lot but forgot to post a reply.

    It sounds like you got your run in before the rain took hold too badly, I can imagine you thump running across the millenium bridge and getting it really swaying as everyone holds on and says 'who is that stylish athlete with the Italian tan'😊..

    I have been known to run on the spot while waiting to cross over, but will stop this habit forthwith in case people are thinking I'm a Walker!πŸ˜‰

    I hope the rest of your day was fun and that you enjoy your city break despite the rain. Its quite cold now.

    Will wait to see if you fit in your Friday run before your flight.

    Take care xx

  • Love it! My other half always jokes about making it his mission to get someone to make eye contact when we go on the tube. Well done on the run πŸ™Œ

  • Love it!!! Enjoy London and the cooler runs!!!

  • Thanks fr, hoping tomorrow to get to Regents Park for a prettier one. But that means being up and out at horrid o'clock as am flying back home again.

  • Welcome home! If you live in the city is it not a tad nicer to run in the parks? Wish we had some of the heat here πŸ™„

  • ah so you'd be right parks are much nicer, but I'd promised myself Borough for obvious reasons. Also I can run to Borough but the parks are all at least 4-5 miles away from where I live in London, so that means taking the tube. But I did do Regents Park on Friday morning and that was glorious too. Much nicer.... oh and please take some of our heat. Today on my terrace 45 degrees.... so if you can relieve me of 8 or 9 of them I'd be delighted....

  • Aww Jan, that's such a lovely post.😊 Sorry I'm a bit late in replying.

  • No worries at all it's fun and nice that people see them after the event. If it made you smile then job done

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