The Beasts of Heath Strike Again……Oh and a Dead Cow!

So Janathon day 29 dawned frosty and dull and as I sat waiting for my running mate to turn up I did wonder if I could really be bothered, my friend turned up with the same frame of mind, CBA syndrome strikes again.  Still, determined to complete Janathon we set off. To be fair, once we got going it wasn’t too bad and strangely we managed the uphills easier than the downs. Even better we managed a good old natter for longer periods than we have done recentlyand at last I did a steady run. If I’d have gone by my ammazing Nike+ sportswatch (never works) it would have been an amazingly steady run, 2.14 miles in an hour and 20 minutes apparently. Now its gone blank and I’m considering smashing it to pieces with a hammer. I know it won’t help it to work but it will make me feel a whole lot better.

We took the Pineapple Hill route again today and for once survived the roaming horses and enjoyed a pretty uneventful 5 miles and then……..’Killer dog alert’ I jokingly said as we reached the point where we met the Beasts of  Heath last time. Spoke too soon. Down the driveway  they charged, snarling and snapping after us. Time for another ‘101 ways to look a tit while running’ moves. The robotic leg lift -did we run on as fast as we could or stop -undecided we kept randomly  lifting a leg while moving nowhere. Don’t know if it was the shit dancing or the fact the beasts realised we were close to performing the’ boot up the dogs arse’ move, but they gave in, phew. To think we came this way to avoid the bloody big swans.



      Still, we laughed about it afterwards, flaming Yorkshire Terriers!!!

       Nice steady run home via the railway path after that and another run in the bag, only 2 to go wahoo.

And finally nothing to with running but I felt the need to share this: My son (Year 7) has been completing his R.E homework this afternoon, his task, to create a poster about the Ten Plagues. I get really annoyed with the amount of R.E homework he gets, especially when all they do in the lesson is watch religious DVD’s while his teachers plays Sudoko on the laptop. So I’ve got to say I was very tempted to allow this……… There he was busily searching google images for clipart of the ten plagues and when he searched ten plagues – the cattle died, this came up, anyone think she’ll see the funny side? Nah, me neither.

The Plague of Dead Cattle

Day 29 done, 9.54 miles in 1:33:03. 146 miles now done.

Janathon Day 30
Bring it on.

The Beasts of Heath

So just a week to go to the Brass Monkey Half Marathon and the brass monkey weather has well and truly arrived. If it was cold when we set off, it was even colder once we got going. Normally no matter how cold it is I’m usually down to short sleeves in no time, I hate running in loads of layers, but recent mild weather must of made me soft cos my long sleves were going nowhere. Thankfully with my mate to chat to we soon forgot the cold and took in the sights and sounds our 11 mile route had to offer.

You don’t have to go far from where I live to find a few more rural/countryish routes to run. These make for great traffic free running but do have their downfalls, namely roaming(ish) animals. Its fair to say when it comes to country animals my running partner is not a fan, get her near a field of cows and she’s a quivering wreck!! So when we encountered the horses I reasured her they were tied up and we’d be fine.That is until we met with one lonely horse all on its todd at the bottom of a path and for the second time in a week we found ourselves running screaming from a horse (a tied up one).

Today was obviously the day for getting chased by snarling beasts(slight exaggeration, but it makes for a better blog). Prior to the horse situation we found ourselves getting chased by a rather angry looking dog. We met quite a few dogs today and commented on the different expressions they have, happy, daft, cute to the downright miserable. This one was downright evil and we would have been in fear of our lives if it had of been any bigger. No honestly, Yorkshire terriers are really really evil.

So a very enjoyable 11.1 miles in a time of 1 hour 49 mins and 32 secs. Day 15 done. 77 miles run so far.

Janathon Day 16

Bring it on



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