Good morning! Hope you are well? I feel fantastic. Not quite sure why, I think it’s the Juneathon effect. After a downer on Day 9 I am on the high of Day 11 – more than a third of the way through Juneathon now!
Last night The Wife and I had a lovely curry at Raj, our favourite of the many curry houses in Witney, and rolled our selves the short journey back home completely full of delicious delights! Waking up to a sunny blue sky coming through the velux window only helps when you’ve got to get yourself running.
After a little distraction from The Wife, I grabbed my gear and set off without the help of my pal Nurofen (see the entries for Day 9 and yesterday) on the search for a 5km run. I decided to try making up the route as I went with the help of my Nike+ running updates and my extensive knowledge of the roads of Witney. It proved successful and I nearly managed to finish up the 5km bang on the driveway!
Before I set off I had the toe in my mind and was determined to show it who was boss. My target was to cover the 5km in 27m30, a relatively comfortable pace for me, with a stretch target of 25m, which would be a season’s best. Given the toe issues I wasn’t expecting much.
The first couple of km were tough but rewardingly quick and my initial target was looking well within grasp. The middle of 5 kilometres was a little compromised by my choice of route and having to negotiate some town traffic but I felt good as I completed the fourth. And then the best thing happened.
I have over 1700 songs on my iPhone that accompanies on my run, and on the shorter runs I let the Gods of Shuffle decide my listening fate. And how! As the lovely Nike+ woman completed her update at 4km (Does she have a name? Should I give her a name?) a new track was pulled out of the myriad of eclectic tunes I have hoarded over the years by the all-knowing.
Never before have I felt quite the surge of energy, happiness, determination and goose bumps. All at once. The timing was impeccable. Some of you that are of a musical knowledge persuasion may have already guessed the track from my title: it was “(Something Inside) So Strong” by Labi Siffre. If you don’t think you know it, look it up on You Tube, Google or Wiki – you will. Used by many a charity telethon over the years the association with greater causes inspires you. For some reason I hear the words more clearly than ever before which spurs me on even more. I’m flying now. “What about the bad toe?” I hear you ask. What bad toe?
I reach the 5km feeling great. Out of puff, but feeling great. Awesome, I’ve definitely cracked the 27 and half minutes. I check the exact time:
25 minutes 08 seconds
Wow! As I double-take I am reliably informed by Paula Radcliffe that I’ve just recorded a best time for 5k. Thank you Labi Siffre!
And thank you for reading.