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Wednesday 29 August 2018

Research Purposes

Monday is a bank holiday and with us heading off to the Faroe Islands on Thursday this means it’s just a two day working week for us.

L heads over to Mickleover on Tuesday to try out their running club and to visit her folks. They apparently have her down to do ‘Slower Snake Intervals’ which sounds like some sort of speed session for the speed phobic. I’m sure she’ll enlighten me later.

I do my speed session on my bike to work on Thursday, as I’m running late, again.

Once at work, it’s time for a Huel bar. They have been giving away free samples of these as a ‘work perk’ but I think they’re having problems finding someone who can stomach them. Even L’s chucked one in the bin and she claims to be the human version of the Lad. Her company has a whole box of them and she ‘kindly’ donated one to me but she says the texture is a bit like soil, which isn't really selling it to me. I may give it a go for research purposes... but not today

(Wednesday 29th August)

Sunday 26 August 2018

50 Up

Saturday brings a momentous occasion that I am sure many were doubting I’d ever reach. In fact no one doubted it more than me. This is the moment of my 50th Parkrun.

I decide I would like to break new ground for the occasion so we head out to Kingsbury Water Park near Sutton Coldfield to do the deed. All goes well and I don’t even celebrate my 50th by getting injured. The run moves MD on to 46 but I don’t believe they do the t-shirts for dogs.

The afternoon is taken up with a Derby home match while Sunday brings another run as we head up to Clumber Park to do another Trust 10k.

The improvement in my fitness is shown clearly with my time at Clumber of 49:17 compared with 48:31 in June...

(Sunday 26th August)

Friday 24 August 2018

Tennis Professional

L’s boss comes back from his holiday raving about a book called Red Notice by Bill Browder.

It’s a topical one but you have to be careful who you discuss it with and remember to wrap it in a brown paper bag if you’ve reading it on the bus. Many people associated with that story have since been found murdered.

Two people who were involved in making a play about it died earlier this year. According to google six other people associated with the book have also since died and there was one chap who ‘fell’ from a building but survived. The author of the book, an American, is still with us at the moment.

On Thursday, we find that none of the outdoor courts at the Tennis Centre are available due to the National Junior Tournament they are hosting, so we decide to splash out and play inside for a ‘treat’.

L meanwhile is doing a ten mile run with Daughter. I meet them in the Doctors Orders afterwards, where they are drying out after it rained on them. Good job we played inside.

Friday, I’m on the bike but it’s bloody windy. The new tennis professional in the family is supposed to have a coaching at 6pm but that's cancelled due to the wind.

We’ll just have to stick to the usual Friday night plan then.

(Friday 24th August)