Saturday is the Locko Park Christmas 10k which is a new
event and the first time I’ve raced at Locko Park. L and Daughter run it too.
The course isn’t great being basically three laps of the lake with an off road
section up a track.
This particular section was eventful on the first lap to say
the least. Once you got to the top you were asked to do a U-turn and then go back
down it. Except there wasn’t room to separate the runners going up from those
coming down. Those coming down had to run to the side of the path in long grass
which wasn’t good for anyone’s dodgy knees or ankles let alone my papier-mâché
This is part of my excuse why it took me 54 minutes, which
is worse than it sounds because it was quite a bit short of being 10k as well. I
did consider doing old un-favourite the Bolsover 10k on Sunday instead but then
if I was serious about marathon training I’d probably be doing both.
In the afternoon Derby beat Blackpool 1-0.
The next day L is visiting Son in Leamington. So I join them.
I take the boys for walk while they’re Christmas shopping and then gate crash
their lunch. Son hands me a mysterious barrel shaped thing that is my Christmas
present. I look forward to finding out what it could be.
Monday is my first day back working from home which nicely
coincides with the locksmith chap coming to fit a new barrel inside the lock on
our front door. Having changes the lock I best make sure I’m in when L comes
He’s also replacing our broken letterbox but we haven’t got
that yet as he only had one in gold and that would have looked a bit daft on our
white front door. So he’ll be back after our holiday to fit that.
One advantage\disadvantage of being back at home is
inadvertently sharing my breakfast with the Lad. I was looking forward to my toasted
muffins this morning but then found that one had disappeared off the worktop while
I was on a phone call.
Bizarrely Tuesday’s Libertines gig at Rock City has been cancelled
even though Tuesday is the day before vaccine passports come in and they have it
rearranged for February when there may be even less chance of it going ahead.
So having cancelled my dog training session I quickly un-cancel it. At least the muffin stealer will be pleased.
(Tuesday 14th December)