Sunday, February 13, 2011

All in a day's work

I guess Janathon's had a few positive effects, on both my running and on life in general. In terms of running, it has meant I wasn't worried about the prospect of covering 20km-plus over a day, and in terms of life it's meant I've met some new, friendly, like-minded people. Well, 'met' is a contentious term, but at least commented on blogs and had them comment on mine...

Yesterday was a combination of both of the above. I headed out relatively early in the morning to get down to the Leeds parkrun, a nice steady 25 minute jog from home down to Hyde Park as a warm up, then a steady 28 minute 5km, taking it a little bit easy as I knew I had more mileage to come over the day and I didn't want to wreck myself early on.  A cuppa and a bottle of water at the Union and a lovely couple of hours just relaxing, stretching out gently, enjoying the sun, the Redlands Palomino Company and a good book, and then back over to Hyde Park for the 'Northern Post-Janathon 5km and Lunch'

To explain that to any non-Janathoners reading, Cahy andthe Southern contingent of Janathon were having a meet up, prize presentation, 5km jog and meal down in Hyde Park, London, to celebrate the end of the month and let people meet each other 'properly'. Unfortunately for me, London's a bit far to travel just for a jog and a meal, so a couple of us had discussed a 'Northern' extension, in Hyde Park, Leeds. There were three of us lined up to be there, myself, Rich (Fitographer) and Duncan (UnshodNortherner). None of us had met before, but we'd arranged to meet at the parkrun start line, then do a 5km  lopp around and about (route map below), then head over to Opposite for a cuppa and a sarnie.

I was early, as usual, Duncan arrive about five-to, and we chatted and waited around until 25-past but unfortunately Rich never arrived, so we headed off on the run without him. A nice steady pace down the park and over the Otley Road, then up through a series of small alleys and snickleways into the woods on Meanwood Ridge, trying to avoid the muddier patches as Duncan runs in Vibram FiveFingers toe-shoes (hence the 'Unshod Northener' tag) which are a wee bit lacking in grip on the slippy stuff. U-turn at the gate and back along the low trail back through the woods, out onto Meanwood Road and back up the hill towards the park. We took it steady and chatted along the way, although Duncan admitted it was probably the hilliest run he'd done since he started running. Pretty soon we were back in the park, and just waiting for the bleep from his Garmin to tell us we'd covered the distance - and we had. Bang on 5km start to finish, a friendly passer-by did us the obligatory finish picture, a quick call to Gary V to link up with the Southern contingent and say hi, and headed over to the cafe for tea and medals and for me to be very curious about the experience of barefoot running in the FiveFingers. Oh and who'da thought, Roast Beef and Roast Parsnip sandwiches are actually rather good..

It was cracking to meet another Janathoner in person, to get a different perspective and share a few stories, and when Duncan headed off into town it was also nice to head to the Union bar and watch England hammer Italy in the rugby, before a brief walk and a slow, steady jog back home through Meandwood park and the Hollies, with the Sat tracker showing a total of 22km for the day - a nice Half Marathon, spread over a day. Excellent fun!

5 comments:

elise_armer said...

and what did he say about running in those strange looking shoes? I saw some one in them the other day and i can't quite believe that they're good for your legs!!

Richard Holgate Photography said...

What a pillock. Don't quite know how, but I totally forgot about the meet. I'm soooo sorry for missing it. What a plonker. I'm so cross with myself. I only realised late yesterday after seeing Facebook posts.

maggiee said...

sounds like fun! glad you had a good time... shame I couldn't be there, it would have been good to meet up with other Janathoners... even just the two of you in the end!

fortnightflo said...

Roast beef and parsnip - really? Sounds like you had as good a day as we did - doing the park run first heped my mileage too. Wasn't it loevly to put a face to a name!

unshodnortherner said...

It was very good to meet up with at least one other Janathoner and the run was a good one, little slippy underfoot in places, but enjoyable nonetheless.