This time next week I will be setting off on the longest run of my life. OK so it is only a half marathon here in Stratford while another 25,000 set off in London to cover twice the distance I am going to do. but for me it will be a triumph over a number of minor injuries over the last few months that I get to the start line even, let alone the finish.
Having got up early this morning to see the first thirty minutes of The Chinese F1 GP, it was most entertaining watching Sparrow after Sparrow line up to strip the furry fronds from my neighbours Pampas grass to take away to line their nests. I guess she will not be too happy now as all that is left are the reed stems now.
So having seen the start of the F1 race I set off for my final longish distance training run before next weekend.
The Pain part came in the first couple of miles and the last couple of miles. I did a total of 9 miles and as I write now, am feeling pretty comfortable and happy at the prospect that I will get round OK next week.
The pleasure for me all the way round this morning was the bird song. I see lots of runners going about their exercise with 'ears' in listening to music. I have never done this as I cannot get on with them while running. I also think they prevent you maintaining awareness of traffic too. But the main thing I would miss would be the birdsong.
Who needs music when you have countless Song Thrushes, Blackbirds, Robins, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting,Chiff Chaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Wren, Raven and Buzzard singing to you.
I saw my first House Martins of the year too. It really was beautiful and the sights and sounds helped me overcome the pain of the run.
So now it is off out into the garden to do some more work. I will be back on here later with another post with photos from a drive I had up in the Cotswolds so drop by towards the end of the day for some images.