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It's getting better
11-06-2017, 10:51 AM, (This post was last modified: 11-06-2017, 10:54 AM by Charliecat5.)
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It's getting better
The only sounds were our synchronised feet pounding the turf, and the rasping of our breath.  

In different ways, both Rob (OATR) and I have had difficult weeks, so we knew an evening run to Blackcap wasn’t going to be the usual joyous affair, but more an opportunity to switch off for an hour.   The silence between us for the first mile or two was stark.  Running side to side, lost in our own thoughts but appreciating the company.   It wasn’t until we broke through the last gate before the Blackcap peak that we started to chat.  Chatting about the trivial things, the usual aches and pains of running. 

We ran a steady pace to the top where I threw myself to the ground for a moments recovery before we turned tail to run back over Mount Harry and then the long decline into town.

The run felt slow and stilted, the high pollen count causing the need for several stops to catch my breath.  As is usual these days, Rob ran steadily throughout, working his pace like a metronome.   On our return, my stats told a slightly different story.  Even with the frequent stops, it was quick – quicker than expected. 

As I trotted down the hill home, having said goodbye to Rob, I felt as though we both needed that.  A sense of shared solitude out on our beloved hills.
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11-06-2017, 06:29 PM,
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RE: It's getting better
Just read this on Sunday. Much appreciated, both run & blog.
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12-06-2017, 05:10 AM,
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Nice one, lads.
Run slow, run far.
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15-06-2017, 09:07 AM,
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(11-06-2017, 10:51 AM)Charliecat5 Wrote: A sense of shared solitude out on our beloved hills.

Wonderful and a lovely blog about it too :-)


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15-06-2017, 04:04 PM, (This post was last modified: 15-06-2017, 04:07 PM by Charliecat5.)
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This week has been three days in Bremen, a very quaint city in northwestern Germany.  I say quaint.  The centre of town is very lovely, but the rest of the town is a hive of aeronautical and big industry.  Including the Kellogg's factory (which is why I was here), and InBev where they make Becks Beer (I had a tour around this factory a couple of years ago).

Anyway, travel constraints (i.e. lack of flights from the UK) has meant three days of travel for one day of meetings.  The result... plenty of time for running.  So I've hit the paths and streets twice.  

The first was a three miler around a most amazing park just out front of the hotel.  Lots of paths, junctions, woodland, lakes, and opportunities to get *ahem* lost.  when I say three miles... it was a little bit more by the time I found my way home again (don't tell Radar).

The second was this morning.  Following a reasonably heavy night on Weizenbier, I forced myself out of bed before it got too hot and set off towards and along the river.  With a hangover and heavy legs, I cannot pretend it was my finest hour, but it was nice to be out running when most of the residents commuted to work. I spent an enjoyable five minutes at the halfway point watching the young and beautiful go past on their bikes before turning tail and running it back in. Four miles was enough this morning and I arrived back just as the evil demands of work reared their heads and the phone started ringing.  

Following such a fine effort, and having missed breakfast, I treated myself (and my client) to a big fat burger for lunch, before taking the train to Hannover so I can catch a plane to take me home again.  Such is the life of the travelling consultant.  
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16-06-2017, 08:21 PM,
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Hangover, Hannover.

It's a while since we've had one of these run-ologues. It is oft said that the runner gets a unique perspective when visiting a city. Sets you up for the day, too. Until that heavy lunch, anyway.
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