Photograph of Jobby's running watch showing he ran 2.02 miles with an average pace of 8:07/mile.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Jobby is in training for another half marathon. This morning was particularly frustrating, though…

Where’s the Light?

I’m training for another half marathon so I’m running a lot at the moment. That, and a large amount of weightloss means that I’m running quicker than I’ve ever run before. Let’s get some perspective, though: I’m not running Mo Farrah fast but I am running a lot faster than I did six years ago when I started.

I trotted out the front door this morning planning on doing 4 miles (it’s a midweek run). The watch beeps after a mile of running and I check my time. It’s a shade over 8 minutes for that first mile. Far too quick for me as I’m normally more comfortable in 8:40 – 9:00 minutes per mile range. I’m feeling good so I mentally revise my plan – I’ll just try and run a 5Km (3.1 mile) personal best.

I continue clipping along at this pace. There’s a hill in mile two and that doesn’t seem to slow me down too much. I’m breathing heavy but I’m happy. I turn back at the designated spot to make this a 5Km run and reach the top of the hill again. There’s a beep. It’s very dark since it’s early morning and I’m in the middle of the countryside. I press the light button on my watch. There’s another beep and no light. Dammit! I’ve stopped the watch! Fumbling with another button I get the light on. Yup, I stopped the watch!

Infuriated I walk the last mile home. It’s a good job I don’t work in IT… oh… wait a minute…

Photograph of Jobby's running watch showing he ran 2.02 miles with an average pace of 8:07/mile.
That’s bloomin’ fast for me. Note to self: the light button is on the top-left, not the top-right!!

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