Running made simple

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At present I’m running between two and three times a week. Typically I’ll do parkrun locally,  a two miler and a 11-12k longer run. This seems to be more than enough to keep me ticking over and retaining a reasonable level of running fitness which allows me to do the occasional 10k race without extra training.

I’m missing club running but not enough to rejoin. I do have to remind myself that 67% of the reason for leaving was because I was pushing myself too hard (possibly) for someone with heart disease. Research is suggesting that running too far, too often and at an elevated pace is not heart friendly. Research also suggests drinking from the right mug boosts confidence and self esteem. I’ll give it a go.

Cambridge parkrun numbers are still growing. The last two runs have seen record numbers at 546 and 558. Since the course is over a couple of laps and a smaller loop most of which are narrow woodland paths, there’s a lot of congestion at multiple points. This must be a central reason why the parkrun core team has now decided that dogs can no longer run alongside their owners/carers. In short, dogs are now banned. Cue controversy!

We’ve taken to going to London for the day and walking 10-12miles. Recently we explored the development at the back of Kings Cross station which includes a temporary Skip Garden and a reasonably secluded open air swimming pool. It will all be gone in two years and the area will be built on. A great pity because this is the kind of project which gives a place soul and a creative, natural feel. There’s no money in it for the developers, of course.

Still, there is the Regent’s Canal nearby (hopefully no plans to fill it it in) and you can stroll (or run) along most of its  length. We walked from Kings Cross through to Camden Locks and on to Regent’s Park. From there you can leave the canal and walk up Primrose Hill and enjoy a panoramic view of London. That’s the wonderful thing about canals that run through cities and towns. Built two hundred years ago, they bring a feel of history and countryside and calm to the densely populated and over built areas they meader through. Thankfully, they are still around.

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Richard Neville, co-founder of Oz magazine, has died aged 74. Neville, Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis were charged with obscenity and conspiring to corrupt public morals in 1971 and the high profile trial was the subject of Tony Palmer’s book,  The Trials of Oz. Well worth reading on a number of levels. Very funny too, with a host of defence witnesses making fast and loose with the po faced prosecutors. John Mortimer QC defended with Geoffrey Robertson and defence witnesses included George Melly, Hans Eysenck, Edward de Bono, John Peel, Marty Feldman Ronald Dworkin and Feliks Topolski.

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You can get this for a song on Ebay. Take a chance and immerse yourself in 60s/70s counterculture colliding with prevailing conventions and conservative society. Hilarious.

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5 thoughts on “Running made simple

  1. I passed through London this week – 11hrs of travelling for 2 hours of work! I had thought to do a bit of sightseeing or shopping on my way back, but I was in the wrong shoes for it to be fun! In my short excursion into the city streets I noted that although they weren’t actually paved with gold the place reeks of ‘investment’. Lots to ogle at just walking down the road😊 I resolved to come back for a long weekend with my men. Even so, I heaved a sigh of relief to return home to big skies and distant horizons!

    • Hmmm…both a dissenting opinion and an ambivalence about London! I’ve had big skies and distant horizons for 20 years ( I acccept Lancashire is particularly beautiful) but I still miss easy access to London.

      • Don’t you have easy access to London from Cambridge? When my hubs worked in c I think it was about an hour by train? It is fun to visit though, and as we haven’t been for a couple of years I think a trip is due😊

      • We do have relatively easy access to London (around 50-60 mins straight to Kings Cross} but I suppose I was thinking about the tube network which was nearby where ever I lived in the suburbs.
        Okay, that’s enough of the dissenting opinion for now. Let’s all agree, say to November and then we’ll join the awkward squad again!

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