Enjoying the autumn weather

A two-miler today…

…and it was nice doing a different route to my 1.2-mile lap! That’s the last chance I’ll have for over a week, though, as multiple run training starts again tomorrow.

I also went out for a long walk this afternoon, as I’ll be running and working for the rest of the week so will be a bit too busy for walks. It was perfect September weather – lovely and sunny but not too hot while walking, and it was a really nice route too. I managed to photograph some red phone boxes I’d spotted while out with the social run group a few weeks ago, so look out for those in future Phone Box Thursday posts 🙂

A little more time spent indoors tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll be able to share my finished decor project (as far as it can be finished right now!).

Autumn leaves
A photo from over the weekend. The trees are starting to turn now, which is always exciting.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Gunship – ‘Rise The Midnight Girl’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’

Nearly there

I did my penultimate day in this set of multiple run days today…

…which involved a step up to five laps. Another five tomorrow, and then I will be taking a break from multiple run training for a few days, before building it up again from midweek onwards.

I’ve had a fairly quiet day otherwise, just getting on with a bit of work and admin, and am now relaxing with last night’s Diamond League athletics. Really happy it’s the weekend! Will post my usual running vlogs over the next couple of days and update again on Monday.

Jelly bracelets
Bit of a flashback image for today as WordPress is refusing to load any new pictures. I took this photo of my bracelet collection in the early days of this blog. Still have them, still never wear most of them!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Oasis – ‘Roll With It’
The Midnight – ‘Crystalline’
Matthew Wilder – ‘Break My Stride’

Locked down

I did another four mile(ish)-long laps today…

…and I’m still feeling quite strong out there, although I have to say I’m a bit tired tonight!

I had a day off work today because I’m slightly ahead of schedule. I’ll get back to it tomorrow. I did do another frame for my decor project though. Four down, two to go!

It’s really interesting practising my multiple run training, but I have to say I’m looking forward to Sunday when I’ll be back to one short run per day for a couple of days.

Here in the north-east, we’re going back into lockdown from midnight tonight. A couple of friends have popped round to deliver/collect gaming stuff for Geth this evening, as that won’t be allowed from now on – no meeting up with other households. Pubs will still be open until 10pm, though, so I’m not sure how they’re going to police it. While it is worrying, it hopefully won’t last for more than a couple of weeks, and it won’t really affect me and Geth anyway because we’ve not really poked our noses out of lockdown to begin with. We won’t be able to meet up with friends for runs, but most of our running was going to be solo for the next few weeks anyway.

Just some quiet running by myself by tomorrow then… but that’s what I was planning on doing anyway!

Virtual GNR medal
I’m impressed that the Virtual GNR designed this nice blue medal to send out to finishers – it’s very different to all my previous GNR ones. Bit of a paperweight too!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Knack – ‘My Sharona’
Timecop1983 and Primo – ‘My DeLorean’

Phone Box Thursday: Stirling Road, Callander

Here’s another phone box captured in its final days by Mum and Dad while on their adventures around Scotland.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Stirling Road, Callander, 31st July 2020.

(Coordinates 56°24’08.3″N, 4°20’27.1″W.)

This box still has a phone inside, but also a notice about its imminent removal. It looks very weathered on the outside so has probably not been maintained for some time.

Another Scottish phone box next week!

Feeling stronger

Another set of multiple miles today…

…and so far it’s feeling really good. It’s not tiring me out or putting too much pressure on my legs, and I’m feeling a lot more confident that I’ll be able to keep going with it every hour on challenge day. I’m giving myself two hours between runs while doing this training this week, and after I’ve had a few days off at the start of next week, I’ll be practising with one hour between runs in order to replicate what I’ll be doing on the day.

In between runs, I’ve been getting on with my day job project and my decor project, which are the two other main things I’ve got going on this week. I’m really looking forward to being able to share the decor project at the weekend, once it’s all up on the wall!

Another near-identical day tomorrow. I’m (genuinely) excited!

Next door's cat
A photo from last week – this is next door’s cat, about ten seconds before he strolled through our front door while we were bringing the shopping in.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’
Queen – ‘Bicycle Race’

The good kind of repetitive

Some multiple run training today…

…and it’s going to be one of those weeks where every day is the same, in a good way. I’ve got a day job project that will last until next week, I’ll be doing multiple run training every day until the weekend, and I’ve got a house decor project that I’m working on every day as well. As such, my updates won’t be very exciting for the next few days, but I’ll be very content!

Running souvenirs
Supplies for my decor project – I’m framing lots of souvenirs that have been sitting in boxes for a while. Looking forward to getting the results up on the wall at the weekend.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mark Knopfler – ‘Local Hero’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’
Carl Orff – ‘Gassenhauer’

A recovery Monday

An extremely gentle recovery run this morning…

…and then I spent the rest of the day doing some admin, planning out my work for the week and making the first of my running memorabilia collage frames!

I’ve also been doing a lot of recovery yoga – not the YouTube videos as I don’t want to do anything too strenuous right now, but instead just getting onto my mat and doing all my favourite stretches that help with my aches and pains, along with some foam rolling. I’ll probably do this for another day or two before getting back to ‘Yoga with Adriene’.

Back to work proper tomorrow – it will be interspersed with a few runs as I’m doing my 24-hour challenge training again this week.

GNR shirt 2020
Following on from Saturday’s 2015 t-shirt, here’s this year’s! Not a ‘real’ GNR shirt but a nice addition to the collection nonetheless.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Knack – ‘My Sharona’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’
Toni Braxton – ‘Unbreak My Heart’
Pink – ‘Raise Your Glass’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Mark Knopfler – ‘Local Hero’