Sunday Runday

Sunday demands a run. After the hustle and bustle that is Saturday, the air of relaxation of a Sunday morning just demands a nice tootle. I’m not sure a nice tootle would be how you’d describe Dennis Kimetto’s Sunday morning run, seeing he broke the world record for the marathon this morning, in Berlin. 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds. I make that a smidge over 12 & 3/4 miles per hour sustained for 26.2 miles, or, to put it into pace terms, less than 5 minutes per mile. I can’t do that for one mile, let alone 26 of them! As my husband would point out, even when I was in training, it would take me longer than that to run half as far…

Further details from the BBC site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/athletics/29399623

Anyway, while he was speeding along, I was plodding across the countryside on a cool but clearing morning. I wasn’t the only one out and about; today’s tally of energetic persons passed included some cheery cyclists (not long out on the road?), a less cheery cyclist (he had just ridden up the hill out of town) and a man walking two dogs that I reckon could have dragged him along at a fair old pace if given their head. It looked like he was having a pretty good upper body workout trying to keep them in check. It wasn’t speedy, but it was feeling OK. I’m not certain that I’m going to be able to manage the next step up, to 3 minutes running, but it’s time to give it a go. That will be next time out. Promise.

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