27/02/2016 – Bad Timing, Spotify.
I was SO grump today. I wanted to go to the Cardiff Parkrun after having a swell time at the one in Pontypridd last week. But after setting my alarm at the ungodly time of 7.30, (on a SATURDAY!!!) I checked to see where the route started. It was at the opposite end of Bute Park to me, one hour’s walk away. I was not going to entertain the idea of a 2-hour walk with a 5k run sandwiched in the middle of it. (That sounds like the worst sandwich ever.) Also, Saturday morning is definitely NOT the time to open up and try to decipher the hieroglyphs of the Cardiff Bus timetable. NO.
So I was DENIED my Parkrun due to lack of proper planning (my fault I know, but I can still grump about it.) I decided to still jog a 5k, and I ended up doing my Bute Park route anyway, so I basically did a Parkrun. Kind of.
I’ve got a bit tired of my music recently (it’s a good play list but it’s been with me these last 100 miles) so I downloaded Spotify and put on some upbeat playlist. It was cool, there was some French rap accompanied by accordions at some point. Weird, but I liked it.
Although I enjoyed the change of audible pace, Spotify ran (heh) into some problems. My jog was coming to the end. Nike+ lady announced I had just 1.1 miles to go: last push, go a bit faster, Grumpy! Move your ass! I was all for it. I forced my legs onward, they felt like lead, but sheer determination and grit was getting me through. End on a high. Yes. But then…
Spotify hit me with a never ending Pampers advert.
“Does your baby love to dance? All Babies love to move and groove. But no baby wants to dance with a soggy diaper dragging behind them! Now your baby can get in the groove without that dragged-down feeling you get after pooping your pants, with Pampers extra absorbent nappy technology! And now! Upload a video of your babies’ moves and win a supply of Pampers Dance-The-Night-Away Nappies!*”
THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR WHEN YOU’RE 3 MILES IN AND YOU’RE TRYING TO DO A SPRINT FINISH.
Thanks for nothing, Spotify.
*May not be the actual name of the product.
25/02/2016 – Running on your Sick Days
This one wasn’t good either.
Basically, what I learnt on this run is… running when you’re a bit ill isn’t pleasant.
I’d been stressed out by some work things at the beginning of the week, and my body had done that classic move of ‘Now the stressful things over, have a period of feeling run down and sick’. Sure we’ve all been there.
This run down sickness was hitting me in my guts. I don’t want to be too gross here, so let’s just say: pooping. Once all that was done with, and the lunch I made had stayed put, I wanted to get out and get in some joggy time in the afternoon. I’m not entirely sure why, but possibly Nike+ guilt had something to do with it. (Y’all need to take it easy with your weekly mileage, seriously.)
I settled on 2 miles for this run, but as soon as I set off I knew it was not going to be fun. I started off very slow. Very slow. Nike+ lady announced rudely at the 0.5 mile point I was going at about 11’30” pace. I mean, was she rude? Maybe not. But I took offence.
This slow guilt meant I tried to pick up the pace, which resulted in immediately getting a stitch, which resulted in me feeling like the poop I’d let go earlier. (sorry, TMI.) I ran past a fisherman who shouted hello at me on my way past. I never get why random people try to communicate with me when I’m out running, I’m wearing obvious red headphones and more importantly I’M RUNNING- I DON’T HAVE THE TIME OR BREATH OR PATIENCE TO TALK TO YOU. All in all, it was not a nice experience, I got home feeling like death, headachey, wobbly, I then sat down and ate a load of Shame Nutella which probably cancelled out any good stuff the run did for my body anyway.
These last two runs definitely raised me to new levels of Grumpy Jogging. Onto the next.