But she immediately reassured me that I wouldn't have to wait long, she said,
"I'm just waiting for my mother and besides they only treat the over 65s , don't they!"
So that was my bubble burst after a couple of more favourable comments from customers in the shop last week! In reply I bit my tongue and said that they did treat younger people as well.
I was there to have the POROKEROTOTIC lesions (seed corns) scalped out: a process I wrote about fully last year (June 26th). The appointment was very opportune, following the last visit in February, as over the last couple of weeks I was starting to fell discomfort in area of the metatarsal pads. It's felt more on the left foot so obviously a consequence of my gait.
After twenty minutes of slicing away with her freshly sterilized scalpel , twenty minutes in which the affable lady chiropodist proudly tells me about her sons and their university careers, the floor is covered with shavings and she brushes up a "mountain of dead skin".
The feet are a bit delicate but no real concern as yesterday and today I only had to log up 2 short easy runs before tomorrow's 10 miler on the Fylde coast just to the east of Blackpool.
I first ran the 10 mile distance back in 1974 and had regularly run anything up to half a dozen 10s in a year to a present total of 102. But as times have steadily slowed , I think I must have been trying to avoid an abyss, namely going over the 70 minute mark. Consequently I've only raced 2 in the last 5 years.
Anyway , tomorrow it's time to stop avoiding the inevitable. If I'm to tackle a half later a few 10 milers would serve as good build up races ....even if the finishing time begins with a 7. Needs must and all that.
Going back to age, one person who defintely defies the date on her birth certificate is my dear wife Pat. It's her ** birthday tomorrow, so perhaps to help her return to racing , we've taken a NIKE SportWatch with Tom Tom GPS from COMPLETE RUNNER stock for her to play with. http://www.completerunner.co.uk/ for full spec. but meanwhile you might like to check out some videos.