My last run of 2014
December 23, 2014
The last week has been quite strange, as I spent a lot of time thinking about the laser surgery that I was going to have on Saturday… or at least, I spent a lot of time trying NOT to think about the laser eye surgery.
On Saturday morning, I wanted a distraction, so I decided to go to Southampton parkrun to give sub 25 minutes another shot. I needed to convince myself that it wasn’t a fluke, but after a disappointing track session on Thursday evening, when my lungs decided to give up after 3 x 1km, I wasn’t expecting great things.
I’ve now seen some photographic evidence of my PB run last week – it wasn’t pretty, but at least it’s a bit more proof that I did it!
Anyway, I digress. This weekend, my friend Teri was doing parkrun. She had conceded that she had imbibed too much wine this week to make a PB a realistic option… therefore, she decided that it was her mission to get me to run fast.
Teri has two lovely children, who seem normal and well-balanced, but her ‘Tiger Mom’ personality definitely came out on Saturday morning, and I’m quite surprised that the Teri-ettes have not reached international levels of success yet!
Teri started out with some gentle coaching and encouragement, with the occasional incitement to ‘Surge!’, but by the final 500m, army drill sergeants had nothing on her, and I was scared of what the consequences might be if I didn’t finish in under 25 minutes.
Fortunately, the tough love method worked:
I may be able to fit in a gentle jog before the end of the year, but there will be no more parkruns for me until 2015 now. I’m also happy to report that my laser eye surgery seems to ahve been successful, so fingers crossed I’ll get some new goggles for Christmas! 🙂
Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
Marriage proposal mapped out by Portsmouth jogger’s app – check out the GPS dinosaur!