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Monosyllabic teenagers


Oh boy I could have done with one of those today…

My youngest is only a few weeks short of his 13th birthday but has not yet transformed into a one sound only muttering creature so I had a non-stop talking know-it-all 12 year on constant chat loop!  But at least he still wants to cycle with me on my runs and even takes an interest in pacing and asks for updates from my Garmin so I shouldn’t complain (just use headphones).

I wanted to run at least 6 miles today (or earlier this week) in preparation for my 10K on Sunday but circumstances made that difficult. I managed to organise OH to drop us (and bicycle) at one point on the Newport to Sandown cycle path and meet us at Sandown after a few errands.  The signpost said 4 3/4 miles (garmin said 5) so a decent enough mileage.

We set off and Ed was encouraging me to keep up a decent pace.  10K (must be joking!), HM (maybe downhill?).  I thought it would be good to try to do a reasonable tempo run in place of a longer one.  He was in very chatty mood and the more we ran, and I got tired, the more his stream of information became exhausting.  I tried asking him to talk slower, to take pity on me unable to run at pace and process information at the same time, before resorting to challenging him to keep quiet for 5 mins (he lasted 2) and then for a race (you race,  I plod along behind and watch)!

We must have run a pretty good pace in parts.  The cycle path is cut by roads in 4 places where we had to walk and pause to cross so our average pace of 9.07 min/miles and average moving pace of 8.57 indicates I managed to approach my old 10K pace at times and am optimistic about trying to run 8.30 or 8.45 pace on Sunday.

5 miles in 45.44 mins.

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

9 thoughts on “Monosyllabic teenagers

  1. I have a colleague like that. I sometimes have to ask them to shut up to let me think. Great Lego pic, as ever.

  2. For an amazing time like that I’d put up with his chatting. Make the most of it it will end after his bday. I remember taking big madam out with me on a run with little madam on back not successful I ran too fast and they got lost! Great mothering skills I have! Great pace very envious

  3. I’ve got one of those! He’s 13 now and the answer to every question is “Dunno”, or “Whatever”. Only a couple of years ago it was “What, Why, Where, Who, When” all the time! He lives with his Mum, and telephone ‘conversations’ are a nightmare. The only time he engages is during sports. But I love him!
    Good luck for the weekend.

  4. Awesome pace – can’t believe I forgot you were coming Sunday too! Looking forwardt o it even more now…see you then x

  5. I yearn for the time my 5 yr old can cycle whilst i run. Perhaps i should stop yearning and enjoy it on my own more! Looking forward to seeing how you all get on on Sunday, good luck 🙂

  6. Where do you get your Lego heads from? The expressions are excellent! Most of our heads look a bit slimy, you know the police in shades ones?

    Top pace 🙂

  7. I think it’s sweet that your lad takes an interest, we can never get our kids to leave the house! Good luck on Sunday 🙂

  8. He sounds like a good cheerleader/coach to take with you! Excellent pace too.

  9. Love the lego picture today!! 😉

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