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W7R2: General Le Marv is dead!

W7R2: General Le Marv is dead!

Dead happy!

There are a few things I have in my favour over Jean Valjean. Ready access to carbohydrates, no history of hard labour and tiger balm.

It's rare that one has the opportunity to write about both running and the French Revolution, though both seem equally les miserable at times, but sallenson has upped his game in the classical prose stakes, so a little linguistic largess of my own is needed, but it's tricky also to mix humour with convicts, prostitutes, premature death, child abduction, heartache, despair, thieves, anarchists and the police.

It's also not easy to keep a steady pace when you switch rapidly from Fantines quivering and gut wrenching soliloquy to the jovial nonsense of the Master of the House and the triumphal marching of Javert.

However, the non stop sobs of Eponine and the proletariat cheered me, miserable bugger that I am, and singing along to the brilliant score detracted me for more than the alloted 25 minutes. My limbs for once did not complain indecently, the rain just about held off, ASBO didn't attack a horse, I found a good rhythm early on and sang out aloud when the breath permitted. I was even seen to hold my arms stretched out wide in exaltation as I broke the virtual finishing tape!

Nonetheless, on completion of my run today I did feel like a beaten, destitute peasant.

The barricades are in sight now. I shall have to clamber over the littered carcasses of my previous attempts to do something good for myself yet, but when I get there I shall shove Marius off that barricade, wave a flag, drink expensive French wine and claim all the triumphant glory for myself!

#let them eat cake!

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I'm loving this!! There's more than enough space in the world for people to do their own personal re-enactment of their favourite musical while torturing their legs and lungs.

You my friend are a superstar!!

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Well done Marvo69! A beaten, destitute peasant sounds about how I felt after my wk7 run 1 yesterday 😁

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It's par for the course in Crowborough where Matthew is :-) But there's a nice Waitrose too...

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Just spat my drink out laughing at that one! 😂😂

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Had I not geared myself up for a very different experience this morning, then the rain would have had me doing insane Gene Kelly impressions.

If you're talking classic movie musicals there's nothing better!!

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Grease? 😳

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As in "moist gusset"? Hmm... :-)

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Goodness.... and you were able to run with all that weight on your shoulders...!

Amazing... :)

Remember...

"Si animum vicisti et victum illud laetandum iure"

Roughly translated...

If you have overcome your inclination and not been overcome by it, you have reason to rejoice.

In other words.. you did it....

Onward old chap!!!

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Thanks old floss! Glad you did the translation, my Latin is not up to much! How did you learn that clever tongue?!

Onwards. The legs have found autopilot! (Less of the old)

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Girls Grammar School .... ( Yep, that old). We all had to take Latin until Third Form... then we could opt out... I am not sure of the accuracy of my Latin though... I speak gobbledy gook far more fluently:)

You are doing wonderfully.. I really revel in the runs and the moment when the legs find their happy pace.. they know what they have to do and just do it:)

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Yay well done! Go you! It’s like looking in a mirror when I have finished a run 😊

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Slightly less stubble I hope Bridget!! x

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Slightly x

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Oh my gosh, I need to improve my playlist! Very well done and what a great post!

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Oh my god! I love this forum, not only have I learnt to run but I’m getting an education into the bargain. You Erudites rule.

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Amazing! Well done - I too have the soundtrack on my iPhone - it is my obsession! However today (w3r3) I metaphorically crossed the finish line to S-Club 7 and Reach - not ‘Lovely Ladies’ I admit but still quite motivational! Fab post :)

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Such a brilliant post - another that made me laugh out loud! Look forward to the next instalment !

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