Running in a deluge today. Also very slow for a chunk of it to stay in the lower two zones. Then having to push up into zone 4 for 25 minutes. My chest is very congested, so what I gain because it’s cooler I then lose because my heart is working harder because I can’t breathe. I’m never going to be able to increase pace to what it could be while Dennis the dog is part of my life- it’s a massive problem. If I’m ever away from the house for a few hours before I run, my chest clears and my pace and endurance improve. But never mind, at least I’m out there running and enjoying myself.
It was just cool and damp for the first half of this run. Then the heavens opened: rods of rain piercing the river like spears; boats moored along the bank bucking with the turbulence; the tree line on the far bank a tousled mass of thrashing leaves.
I got lost on a small housing estate, but a network of alleys and cycle tracks led me back into Preston Road, the Drayton road, and home to pack my shoes with newspaper and brew a coffee.