While training with the group the other evening I was reminded that a couple of year back I had said that when I failed to break 40 minutes for the Blaydon Race then it would be time for me to hang up my running shoes and buy a pair of carpet slippers (and perhaps a pipe?).
Seemingly, nobody thought I would actually keep to my pronouncement but reminding me of it was a good way of winding me up a little and probably had the desired affect.
Yes - unfortunately, that day has come. A time of 40.21 for this years race should be heralding my change of lifestyle. But there is not a chance - I'm sure it was only a blip anyway and I will be back under 40 minutes next year (although I don't think I will ever get back down to the sub 30 minutes of the past).
Anyhow I have the Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon coming up in four weeks time. Not to mention my long term goal of running a grand total of 100,000 mile (should reach 91,000 next week) before my 65th birthday.
|The end of this years 'Blaydon' and just about to be passed by |
Eric who kindly reminded me of my retirement pledge