Weather Men get it Wrong…….Again!!

Despite it being a Monday morning within 5 minutes of the alarm going off I had stripped the bed and loaded it in the washer – I was definitely on the ball. Alas the weatherman was not  and last nights forecast was a complete balls up – not once did he mention rain or even a ‘ickle chance’ of it. So why 10 minutes after loading the washing machine was it hammering it down…….Great. Still there were signs of blue sky, shame they didn’t appear until after I’d cycled to work!!

Mind you I got just as wet on the ride home – another’ hoseasons bike ride’, it was ace.I don’t think the passing dog walker could believe what he was seeing – a grown woman pedalling through puddles at breakneck speed – I suppose me ‘wahooing’ didn’t help. But we all need to let off steam now and then….

Once home I re-draped the almost dry washing over the soon to come on radiators and had another attempt on the cross trainer….Well I was no worse than yesterday, but no better either. Maybe it just needs breaking in a bit – I can’t have lost all my fitness so quickly – or maybe I should have let my legs recover from the bike ride before jumping on. But I wanted it out of the way so I could get on with the housework. I’d just lugged my Hoover up 2 flights of stairs when Jack uttered my favourite word in the whole wide world ‘homework’.

To be fair he’d  done most of it (online Maths!!) but was stuck on the challenge- which they don’t have to do but he seems to be after brownie points (swot) He didn’t tell me it was probability – whats the probability of me ever understanding probability – zilch. But wait…….I got it, no idea how and I will  probably never do it again but for once I was a homework help not a hinderance. Now whats the probability of me finishing the housework…..

7+ miles of puddles splashed through

A steady walk tomorrow

Bring it on!!

A Touch of Cabin Fever,The Yorkshire Standstill………….Oh and a Run!

So its fair to say conditions weren’t great for running when I ventured out of the door after work. Slippy underfoot, raining and freezing cold, but even if it had been six foot deep with snow out there I would still have gone, I needed to run. After 4 days of indoor play – health and safety strikes again, Cabin fever is setting in. Thank goodness its only one day left till half term, cos looking out of the window at the falling snow I can’t see us getting out any time soon.  I’ve got to say the run did the trick, the rain never really let up, in fact it was doing its best to snow and yet I loved every minute of it, my planned five miles became seven and even a little slip on some ice, whoosh down I went- thankfully it was dark so no one noticed(hopefully), didn’t prevent a decent time. Cabin fever cured! 

Run done, warm soak in the bath then time to watch the local news and weather, now I need another run to clear my head again. Why why why does a bit of dodgy weather bring all of Yorkshire to a standstill.  First we had an explanation as to what freezing rain is – rain that freezes- even showed a bin wagon with some freezing rain on it- ice!! Then we had the wall with the black ice on it. See how shiny that is the man said,that means its really dangerous- yes if you walk on the  chuffing wall. “Lets go to our reporter in Sheffield now, how bad is it there?”  Over to man stood on random bridge with traffic whizzing past him in the background. ” Well traffic was really bad an hour ago (5:30ish) but its clearing now.” Erm wasn’t that rush hour!!!!  Same thing, different bridge in Leeds. Another man up a lonely snow covered street in York, traffic clearly seen moving freely on the A64 some way behing him. ” Its settling here, conditions are getting bad, no the’y’re  not I’ve just run on a road with more snow than that on it in the middle of Sandal (posh part of Wakefield). Then the weather forecast – we’re all doomed!!!! Snow, ice, freezing rain -rain that freezes- god those shiny walls are going to be a nightmare tomorrow……….

So don’t ask me how I managed it in such terrible conditions, amazingly my running mate managed to do it in Ossett (small village type thing on outskirts of Wakefield) as well, anyway

 7 miles in 1 hour 46 seconds.

Arctic  Running Tomorrow

Bring it On





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