The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

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

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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