Monday, 19 November 2012

Wow - Kate Bush

Yesterday's Luton Marathon proved a couple of things to me... Never run a marathon with a man-cold and that if you train hard and follow a properly structured plan for a few months, you smash your PB into oblivion.

No not this Rory - I coughed my way to a dismal 4:26 clocking my #747th Marathon, but the other Rory... Rory Gonzalez.

Talk about commitment, this girl flew in from South America on her way home to Germany to clock 3:46... Some 45 minutes off her times of May this year. I'm very proud of her achievements this year. Although I can't be too soft as she can do a 3:30 I believe :-).

Just shows what can be done and when I'm better its time to bash in a speedy one myself.

Maybe after some R&R with me Jenny who is home today - Yippee! - The Home of ULTRArunning in the UK

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Friday, 16 November 2012

Experiment IV - Kate Bush

It's felt like an experiment this week, but in Human Endurance as it's only now that I am starting to feel anything like normal again following my extreme case of Manthrax. This is also after my 'Pholcodine Hangover' of Wednesday morning, I am now very wary of the evil drink... I would point out that it's cheaper per pint than Stella Artois and you wouldn't get angry as you'd pass out after your first half!

Anyway, hopefully it's history now as I am busy sprucing up Pembroke Mansions for Jenny's return on Monday.

More tomorrow...

Thursday, 15 November 2012

And Dream of Sheep - Kate Bush

There's a school of thought that you are your fittest just before you break - well I can vouch for that one! After bashing in 84 miles of hard running at the Druid Challenge at the weekend, getting an elite start along the way, I am now huffing and puffing like Dot Cotton blowing up party balloons...

It's a rarity for me to be under the weather and hopefully the dreaded cough will soon go so people stop telling me to 'Toughen up Buttercup'.

My Jenny is back on Monday and I have her nurses outfit ready, ill or not!

More later... If I am still alive, as my Manflu has become Manthrax...

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Life in the fast lane...

Got the foot to the floor today at Druids day two... Well for me anyway and earned myself an elite start for tomorrow's last days stage of 28 miles.

Lets hope I can keep smashing out the miles eh?

More then... - The Home of ULTRArunning in the UK

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Friday, 9 November 2012

Druids Challenge Day 1

Well, that's day one of the Druids Challenge under my belt and what a great day it's been.

29 hard miles on the Ridgeway, brightened by running with my mates Chris Whistler and Ian Calder... Real fun and side split tingly funny.

More of the same tomorrow hopefully and it's brilliant to run someone else's race for once! - The Home of ULTRArunning in the UK

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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

1984 - Eurythmics

Well I've just been online and filled in my new photo ID needed for my driving licence. As you start filling in the information, it does make you feel like you are entering the world of Big Brother as the Government website wants ALL your information... and I mean ALL. Also it cost me £20!!!

It does seem rather OTT and I have to thank the lady at my local bank who pointed out that it was 'Out of Date' and that I would get a long term prison sentence if I didn't update it immediately.

Strange old world ain't it... maybe I should go to the States as it seems to be chilling out over there and there's more to taking a trip to Colorado and Washington now as they have become the first states to legalise marijuana... wonder when it will happen here? No doubt you will need a licence...

More tomorrow...

Monday, 5 November 2012

Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

OMG it's November already and that means it's Druid's Challenge week and there are three marathons to get in this week for some of us brave enough to weather the elements of a very wet and windy UK. With the huge rainfall this last weekend it doesn't bode well for a trek along The Ridgeway on Friday.

I'm looking forward to it of course as it will drag me three closer to the 750 marathon target I wanted to surpass by the end of this year... but it's a far cry from the 29 degrees that Jenny is 'suffering' in Sydney right now on her hols and at a clear 28 degrees warmer than Doncastershire right now, it does make you realise why people decide to go and live down under.

All I can think is that in a couple of months it can only get better... I don't mind sub-zero temperatures as long as it STOPS RAINING as it really is my personal HELL.

More tomorrow... when I have toughened up a bit. Now where's my feather duster?

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Mystery Song - Status Quo

Can you believe it but the Mighty Quo are set to play yet another farewell gig some thirty years after their last one back in 1981/2 when I was all set to go and see their final performance EVER. Somehow, and I can't remember the reason why, I didn't go and in hindsight I must have realised back then that it was NEVER going to be the last we'd ever see of the three chord wonders.

BTW if you fancy playing along you can always check this out.

Might be worth going along and seeing what all the fuss was about... they were actually bl%dy good in their day so check 'em out.

More tomorrow...

Friday, 2 November 2012

Wax - Rosana

Kylie Minogue?
The Louis Tussuad's House of Wax in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, which has cult status on the internet because so many of its models look nothing like the people they are supposed to represent is in fear of closing. It's a sad day...

The ageing owners Peter and Jane Hayes have been running the wax freak show for almost 60 years now and they have children or family to take over their business.

There are lots of photos of their wax dummies online today and apart from the Kylie one, I didn't get any of them right as they really aren't anything like the real person but I suppose that's part of it's charm. Adolf Hitler and Michael Barrymore are a couple of the villains they feature... I wonder if they have a JS in there?

It would be a shame for it to close though as it's so English...Maybe one of the Dragons will take it on... I'd love to know what Duncan Bannatyne would think of this one!

More tomorrow...