Juneathon Day 9. It must be living with the constant noise of a pneumatic drill next door at the moment that made me a little less tolerant of human kind today because as I went out to run I was very aware of other people’s annoying behaviour so I started ranting and thinking about pedestrian and runner etiquette.
… When running down a hill on a busy pavement please give way to people running up hill. We are the ones doing all the hard work while you free wheel. YOU do the ducking and diving! When you have overtaken me on a steep slope, there’s no need to look so smug about it. I’m probably old enough to be your mother so you really should be faster than me ok? And if you are loads older than me please carry on and gloat away quietly and well done you. Now when you have just overtaken me please don’t then run right in front of me at my pace (yes, just like on the motorway) unless, of course, you have a particularly attractive rear! When in a very busy park full of runners I don’t expect all runners to acknowledge each other, (at some times of day practically everyone in Hyde Park is a runner and we would all be grinning like idiots or nodding like donkeys), but… when we run directly past each other wearing identical RPHM running tops there is enough comedy in the situation to warrant a small embarrassed grin or giggle. You don’t have to pretend to be checking your watch and ignore me when I say ‘snap’!
I won’t start on pedestrians and irresponsible dog walkers with extendable leads – that’s another story. Well actually I do really need to get off my chest my annoyance that when I’m running on pavements, at least 1 in 3 people walking towards me are too busy texting and are not looking where they are going and are totally oblivious to people around them, (more dodgems for me!) …
Anyway, while ranting this morning my feet took me to Hyde Park where I ran part of the perimeter and a return loop by the serpentine. I suffered a bit at first because I’d tied my shoes up a bit too tight and my feet were hurting and Achilles playing up. It was also hotter than it looked first thing and having consigned my shorts and vest to the wash I found I was too warm in T-shirt and half leggings.
Not as hot than running in one of these though…
But I did look like this by the end!
I got settled into the run after a few miles and enjoyed a little more time with the Bee Gees. (Finally working out how to set my nano to double-click to skip tracks made a difference too.) My favourites so far have to be ‘Nights on Broadway’ and ‘You Win Again’.
Now I also have to make a public apology to the American tourist who interrupted me mid flow in ‘Night Fever’ to ask for directions to Hyde Park Corner. I realised as I ran off afterwards that I’d sent her to the wrong corner! (Speakers) So she got to walk a bit further than necessary today. Just me spreading the Juneathon love!
6.25 miles 60.31 mins