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Thanks Floydy and Tachyon, the congested chests (sounds like something out of 'The Pirates of the Caribbean') do seem to be hanging on and it was for this reason I was feeling a little apprehensive about doing a long run yesterday.

So under a cloudless early morning sky, dressed in just tee shirt and shorts (my first run of the year without my thin fleece top) I set off out into the country on a course that offers three alternatives. A short route of six miles, a longer route of eight miles and the opportunity of being chased by the farm dog (good for speed training, or Animal psychology if I'm too tired to run) or a gentle ten miles along scenic canal banks.....

I padded down the lonely sundrenched road listening to the sounds of nature and realising that I didn't feel too bad after all, so without a second thought I passed through the little kissing gate and onto the grassy canal bank and braced myself for what might turn out to be a bad decision, there would be no shortcut now as as I steered myself into the full ten miles.

I passed the time of day with three fishermen tackling up at the side of the mirror like surface of the water. "I hope you've got plenty of suncream" I managed to spit out between gasps of breath...."Aye Youngen" was the reply. To think that they thought I was younger than them made me put on some style and quicken my pace...

Five miles done and back padding along the road again, the rhythm of my shoes slapping on the tarmac was kind of comforting as a disturbed pheasant sprang up from the hedgerow and flew off indignantly clucking, annoyed at being woken.

I tiptoed past the deserted farm and in the absence of barking realised that I would pass the farm dog without incident or confrontation... At eight miles I knew that I hadn't got the energy I thought I had, but with just two miles to go, surely I could hang on for that.

Just wearing a tee shirt so early in the fresh and nippy morning did seem like a mistake on those early miles, but it turned out to be a very good decision now on the last mile of that fast warmimg road as the sun began to make it's presence felt.
But the tee shirt didn't help as I lumbered and staggered over the last half mile through the village.

How I managed to survive those last desperate paces I'll never know, and with energy deserting me It felt like the last mile of the hardest marathon I've ever run, but call it experience, Yorkshire grit or just bloody mindedness I held on until the end and finally collapsed onto the drive. It's a good job Mrs Fox was out doing her Sunday walk or I would have been in so much trouble....Now begins the task of recovery...Same again Tuesday?.....
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Oh dear Bob, I do worry that you may overdo your running one day and it may affect your heart .
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An amazing effort today Bob, but I do echo what Mags says: please be careful. I know how difficult it is though to stop at a certain point when you set yourself a goal.
But besides all that, another superb read there
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A quick photo from my day out in Driffield on Saturday, which saw three of us have a wonderful time sampling their local brews. The locals are so friendly in that picturesque town and we’ll do it again someday. I'm on the left at the back.


Now to the main point of today’s post then and I've been wanting to take a walk across the Humber Bridge for some time and it must be 4-5 years since I last travelled across it by foot, so I woke up early and drove over to Hessle Foreshore and parked up the car. The weather was absolutely gorgeous at 9 a.m. this morning and this was too good an opportunity to waste.

Armed then with a bottle of Diet Coke and my mobile I set off to the walkway and onto the bridge footpath. Some sundry couples were taking a stroll along with some cyclists in all their gear, dodging us pedestrians as I made my way casually but briskly across this wonderful landmark, which is just outside Hull.

Now this is where the exercise bit comes in - true, I was enjoying a fairly fast-paced walk but at the other end of the bridge I suddenly thought to myself "Maybe I could do a bit of a jog for a while here". Now it's ages since I was on a treadmill, never mind actually breaking into a run so this was only to last a couple of dozen yards perhaps. I wasn't exactly dressed for jogging either in a lightweight hoodie (plus t-shirt underneath) and casual shorts and I had to carry the bottle of fizz too as there were no bins on the bridge to ditch it and I certainly wasn't going to throw it over the side into the river.

But off I went from the very end near Barton-upon-Humber and started on my return journey. I set myself a target of the first tower and then I would return to walking, but I didn't stop - for some reason I couldn't do so - and carried on.
So Bob, you know what it's like: You then have a further goal and mine was the middle of the bridge, which is a fair trek (it's 1.5 miles each way) and uphill going back. To cut this short I ran all the way back to where I began, the steps down to the other side!

I was only slightly out of breath too, but sweating rather profusely and I put my better-than-expected efforts down to my fitness levels from general gym training and even my work, which keeps me active too. My legs are possibly a drawback to running as they are not built for the task being pretty heavy and chunky though on the other hand that strength plays an advantage maybe in keeping me going.

I was extremely pleased with myself as you can imagine and I now believe I have the bug!
This sort of thing will suit me fine and I’m going to plan a short run probably once a week from now on. Because of my night work the only time I will be able to do this will be on a Sunday morning, so I’m going to look at making some plans for future jogging events starting in a few weeks’ time!

A few quick photos. The last one was me at my car at the end of my run, feeling pretty well beaten up…



There are another couple of pics in the photo thread.
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