Gardening, Jumping and a Hint of Running

I’ve been a bit quiet over the last few weeks but fear not, I have kept up with the running. A lot of visitors have passed through the WW household recently, which tends to make training a chore but visitor no 1, Rach, always offers to be my fitness instructor for the duration of her stay. She shouted me around a full circuit of Richmond Park before her shouts turned into whines of “are we nearly there yet?” She also offered to join me for a night time assault of the park on her next visit, carrying the lights and assorted clobber on her bike. Looking forward to frightnight already.

Corn cob

I finally made my way to the top of an allotment waiting list so now my time will be split between running and digging.

After having spent 2 days trying to make an impact on the overgrown plot and suffering the inevitable gardeners aches and pains as a consequence I’m going to have to be careful to ease those muscles into to peak running fitness for d-day (13 days away now).

All allotment related trivia will be restricted to the new Earthwoman blog.

Third bit of news is running related, in a novelty gadget kind of way. A new purchase arrived today – a pair of Kangoo Jumps! These are running shoes with a difference.

Kangoo Jumps

They are built like a pair of ski boots but they have a rather strange spring like contraption on the sole which enables you to bound or bounce down the street kangaroo fashion. They look incredibly fun but on a practical front they also claim to reduce the joint impact of running by 80%. Given the state of my knee, anything that reduces impact is worth some consideration.

Unfortunately, along with all the excitement I seem to have developed a rotten cold so won’t be able to try them out straight away. Hopefully with two weeks to go til GNR I should have enough time to recover but it is going to play havoc with my training. I’d taken this week off to squeeze in a few long runs (and tackle the allotment/and play with my new boots) but now I may have to take it easy and dose up on vitamin C. Charity running carries a heck of a lot of pressure along with it, I’ll have to run regardless and 13 miles with a snotty nose will not be pleasant.

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5 comments

  1. Cool you’ve got the allotment sorted! Will expect some nice veg once you’ve got it all growing. I’ll send you a list of veg I like to eat. Get growing them now, it takes forever.
    Can’t wait to see you in your Jumps! Please post pics!! I haven’t hada laugh in a while

  2. I’m gonna grow everything, or at least I will try to. High on my wish list are things like okra, asparagus peas, aubergine, kohl rabi, rocket and standard stuff as you’d expect.

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