Wednesday 14 October 2015

Alive, but not much kicking.....

Inscribed across Spike Milligan's gravestone, in Gaelic, are the words "See, I told you I was ill".  I haven't reached that stage but I'll refrain from using Spike's words so as not to tempt fate.  Let's just say I'm a little under the weather, confined to barracks, heating thermostat switched to Max, gazing at the beautiful weather and birds feeding outside my window - but quite incapable of running.
Through my window - that beckoning hill.......   (Click pictures to enlarge)
I did try. On Saturday some lunatic inside my head was urging "Go on, get out there and run it out of your system". I wont describe the disgusting details of what followed during that eventful six miles in case anyone should to be eating! Until then things weren't going too badly, although I'd admitted to a fellow runner I was 'struggling a bit, probably starting with a cold, or something'.
Autumn tints at Linton Falls on Saturday's 'eventful' run
Friday had been a funny morning, far busier than I've known it at that early hour. Running round the rim of Castle Hill as dawn was breaking I was conscious of a figure pointing a camera at me with a long telephoto lens.  It introduced itself as a Times photographer and took a few more shots of me silhouetted against the sky before allowing me to go my way.  Another professional photographer had positioned herself ready to 'shoot' the imminent sunrise, though I told her she'd chosen the wrong morning and should have been there on Thursday when the sky had been almost cloudless.
Last Thursday's spectacular sunrise......
Two more people had a blanket spread on the grass and were practicing Thai Chi, or something like that. And no, that's not a euphemism!  There were other runners too, three besides me, and a few dog walkers. Three large dogs, one an Alsatian, got quite excited when they saw me and came hurtling towards me - just to say 'Hello'. I hadn't seen them for some months but, according to their owner, they still recognized me. It was a pleasure to meet them.
....and Friday's pastel shades with mist and cloud
Well, that was the week that was. I'm afraid it's back into quarantine, otherwise known as bed. Or until that obsessive running lunatic sneaks into my head with enticing words of how much I'm missing those breaking dawns with all their gorgeous sunrises.
Oh, just one thing before I go, I'd better put my kit to wash. Gotta look respectable in case I meet that Times person again.....
Totals for week: 16 miles, 1,434ft ascent


  1. Hope you feel better soon, Gordon!

    1. Thanks Karien, I'm sure I will. Can't keep a good man down!
      Trust you're OK....

  2. I hope those pictures that the Times photographer make it to the paper and you can post them for us to see!

    I am also one for saying I had better run this cold out of the system, and on the most part it's the right thing to do, but it's about knowing when to stop and climb into bed that's important... Hope you can soon climb out and enjoy the days as they get shorter and shorter...

    1. I don't read the Times but I've looked on her website and can't find anything. Maybe it was too dark at the time?
      Yeah, I don't like giving in to things, but this one's got me. Hopefully not for long...
      You stick at it're doing well.

  3. I do hope you are feeling a lot better soon.
    I have enjoyed looking at all the lovely photo's you've posted ...

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

  4. Thanks Jan, though I'm still confined to barracks. Might have to look at your low carb diet....
    All the best to you.