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Caught out

December 11, 2012

I’m not a natural morning runner.
Sure, most races require an early start, but they’re the exception, not the rule. On Saturdays my Twitter timeline is full of smug buggers who have just finished their Parkrun while I’m in bed with a cuppa. My long runs frequently start later than my best intentions and lunch ambles over the horizon at gone 3.
Consequently, as we approach the shortest day of the year, my weekends are a constant battle with daylight.
On Sunday I fancied a 20-mile stretch down the canal, but I also needed to clean the house. Cleaning post-run never quite works out (the lure of the sofa is too great) so I buckled down with the Domestos. By the time the place was clean, it was lunchtime, so I bolted some food before heading out.
The sun was already on a downward trajectory, and by the time I reached the 8.5-mile mark (the M25) down the canal lights were coming on and I had no option other than to turn round.
I’d set out fast to make the most of the light and had to head back fast to try to get back to lit paths by the time night fell. I wasn’t entirely successful, and spent the last couple of miles gingerly picking over uneven paths that I couldn’t see.
So this week I plan to set off earlier – by hook or by crook – to run long in the daylight. Even so, Parkrun will be well done by the time I leave the house.
And to you remarkable runners who are out of the house treading the pavements at 6am, you are – with the greatest respect – freaks.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2012 7:07 pm

    I will never forget cycling past a runner on my way to work the early shift at 4.30am. Who the heck runs at 4.30am?? Then again, who cycles to work at 4.30am?…

    • December 11, 2012 10:20 pm

      4:30 WTF?!? I hope everyone involved in this story took a long hard look at their life…

      • December 17, 2012 3:07 pm

        Haha! I had an absurdly early train to catch for work. That runner had no excuse though. I don’t know what is worse though: that they might be runner before work, or that they might have been running after finishing work. Both are far too depressing to think about.

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