Monday, 5 March 2012

Lemmings!

I'll come back to that in 2 ticks..
 
So arriving home Friday the in-laws were already over, so a quick hello and then off out for a meal, followed by beers in the pub! Shattered we all collapsed into bed, but suffered from some very noisy cats who decided they'd much rather be awake than asleep. Saturday FIL went to a farm auction whilst wifey and i did a 10k exploratory route. It was perfect, missing the rain, 10k door to door and barely a soul in sight. We did pass a funny place, a model airfield! It looked quite cute tucked away where it was, and surrounded by ploughed fields.
 
 
Then took MIL on a quick outing to John lewis for lunch and a few bits. This ended up involving wifey spending money on new gym kit.. but it's much needed (ouch). The in-laws then left to get back to Norfolk and wifey left to see friends in Warwick. I pootled about doing lots of little bits round the house before finally collapsing in bed for some much needed sleep.
 
Sunday:
 
Woke to pouring rain and a 10k race with Chris (claire an excellent spectator as ever).. Unfortunately there was a major F-up. Front runner missed the 3rd turn (no sign or marshal) and like a bunch of lemmings* we all followed suit. So we ended up on a completely different route, main (ish) A road getting further and further away.. I'd not really looked at the route in the morning so couldn't remember the turn either (being about 15 back at that point) but knew we shouldn't have been on the A road. Also knew that we should have been heading up to the forest, and no 1km markers... But thought hey F**k it i'm going for a run. Eventually the front guy twigged he'd gone wrong and being a local found a suitable path off the road and stayed to direct people for a bit. This then headed back onto the proper route and to the finish. It was shorter at 9km, but i'm happy with my time of 42:49. Would have probably meant a 10km of ~47.
 
 
My mate Chris who'd be running up the front would probably have finished 2nd and had a PB of 40mins, but because of the mess it's not going to be clear at all (massive organizers headache).
 
Anyway after that we went quickly for showers at my gym, and lunch at a fab deli in old amersham. Even with the pouring rain we'd brought everything we needed for a walk so headed out for this. On the drive it got colder and colder, with the rain getting whiter and whiter, it was snowing! We got out and about fully kitted up, and i barely needed the map for the walk i'd done 3 weeks back. It was really good again and it definitely needs a run, or MTB return trip! Unfortunately i don't think my phone liked the weather so much and is currently drying out at home.
 
I waved goodbye to Chris and Claire, said hello to a fire at home (and more food) and my wife. Who arrived just as I was heading out for a band rehearsal..... ouch. I was shattered and by the time i got home my eyes had matchsticks holding them up. Sleeeeeeeeeeep
 
More rehearsing tonight!
 
*see told you i'd tell

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