2 halves? No, not a reference to the World Cup Final which no doubt had us all questioning the parentage of most of the Netherlands team, so much as a description of yesterday's Sunday run.
As Pat and I set off for a one night stop over in the Lakes I was looking forward to a steady 10 miler up and down the "secret valley" of Longsleddale, just north of Kendal. Weather in Yorkshire wasn't too bad. Sunny but coolish. I was hoping going west for better. How wrong could I be!
We parked in the one parking spot in Garnett Bridge .....think hamlet, rather than village....
and I headed north; optimistically clad in short sleeve. As you might expect the road clings to the valley bottom with just a few sheep hugging the slopes as spectators. The sheep outnumber easily the 82 people who inhabit this beautiful unspoilt valley. Within minutes, a biting northerly head wind was making things very uncomfortable for this asthmatic and if I'd have been offered gloves and a wind jacket by a bystander at this point I'd have gladly taken them. What a depressing contrast to recent weeks!
Going up the dale, the undulations and the adverse conditions took their toll....9.38(!) 9.00 8.34 8.49 9.04. A sad 45.07 on a pretty good surface. Rubbish!
An 8.05 mile......an 8.15 mile.....going from "sluggish" to "brisk" somehow.....8.07 ......8.10. I'm actually thawing out a bit by now. I think I was just keen to get the run over with as I retraced my steps.
No cars have overtaken me in 4 miles.....no because the lane is so narrow that I won't let them past.....it is just so isolated a valley; yet within minutes from the busy A6. Desperate to get back to the car and get a few layers on, I finished with a 7.41...so 45.07 up the dale and 40.19 back. Shame I couldn't have done that pace both ways; but hey, the second half was some consolation.
A dash back Monday morning for a meeting with our ASICS rep. He is keen that I should keep the delights of their new 2011 range under wraps and not give you a sneak preview, but I can't help but share with you one shoe that I know you will be queueing up for come November....needless to say it's a tri shoe!