I opened the front door to head out for my run and noticed the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse sheltering under a tree from the wind and rain so with a wave to Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death I was off to run my 11k loop.

I had equipped myself in my wet weather gear: contact lenses as my glasses get covered in water when it rains and I cannot see plus my baseball hat to try and keep some of the driving rain off my face. Our skin is waterproof so what else is needed other than normal running gear when you’re out in a storm? There were a few questionably garbed walkers out there in the madness though. Exhibit 1 was a young lady walking along through the stormy weather in a very revealing summer dress with flip flops as her shoes of choice. Exhibit 2 was another lady sitting outside in the rain with a purple feather boa around her neck. I guess it proves that runners are nutcases and head out with the rest of the loonies when it gets interesting outside.

Today I listened to the latest podcast from Marathon Talk on my way round and was fascinated by the interview with the American long-distance runner Frank Shorter who had a distinguished running career, including the marathon gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics. If you are not a listener to the excellent Marathon Talk podcast then I recommend that you become one and listen to the interview with Frank Shorter because his comments on his training plans, the evolution of running in the 70s, the tragic events at the Munich Olympics, and his experience of fighting against performance enhancing drugs was riveting.

Tomorrow may see my very first visit to parkrun at Gunnersbury Park as I look to tackle my first ever timed 5k. Normally I would be going to karate training but I quite fancy keeping my running going through Juneathon.

  • Exercise completed today: running
  • Distance run today: 6.99 miles
  • Distance run so far: 41.57 miles
  • Distance cycled so far: 7.26 miles
  • Weight change so far: -0.8kg